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last season my f3 developed a rattling or almost clicking when started cold. After it warmed up for 10 minutes the noies would be gone. My neighbor (mechanic) believes this to be the automatic timing chain adjuster. I was wondering if any of you have experienced a similar problem... this set in around 11k miles and has gotten progressively worse over the next 4 k miles. I plan on doing the recommended repair as diagnosed by my neighbor. He told me how older bikes had a screw to adjust this but more modern one use almost a spring assembly that gradually stretches out and can get caught out of place, which was what was occurring now. Keep in mind that this diagnosis occurred around august, and i stopped riding around mid october- stupid buffalo, so the actual terminology elludes me right now. thanks for any help

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Cam Chain Tensioner...needs replacing...extremely common among the Honda f-series.

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Yes, yes I can attest to that one. I had it rattling for a while now nothing has happened. The sound gets quieter as it warms up. Local honda dealership quoted me around 600 bucks to put a new cct in, does this sound right.
 

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Definitly cam chain tensioner. Best move if you keep a good eye on you bike is to by a manual tensioner you can get them from APE or Fast by Gast in Grand Island.

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By all means, do it yourself, but PLEASE take the time to get a HONDA (not Haynes, dammit!) service manual from Helm (http://www.helminc.com/). If you don't already have one, now is a good time...if you do, you're that much ahead of the game /images/icons/smile.gif. Oh, and a new tensioner is not likely to be in stock at your dealer, and they will charge for an hour or more to put it in.

Rather strange that I work at a Honda dealer and talk like this, but I have only found one service dept. that I trust and it's not ours /images/icons/crazy.gif.

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i did not state it here, but i hate my local dealer, i only use them for parts, i won't let them touch my bike, because i have heard of them charging for work they haven't done, plus i'd rather be with the guy who's fixing my bike, so i can learn and so that things are done to my standards. fook moroney's cycle shop, i'm not letting a store wiht the phone # 1800 fast hog, touch my damn seeeber (cbr). f those pigs, they've tried to rip me repeatedly, 40 for balancing my tires? um, thanks, dooouches, you've just lost a customer- oh well, local motorcycle dealerships are having a hard time keeping up with internet prices, because they wont budge on their prices, there is rediculous markup and they won't admit it, their loss.

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