The long stud from the nosedrive that bolts to the tensioner bracket – should I worry about anything if I drive without this stud in for a day or two?
Why I ask:
A couple weeks ago I noticed the nut on the stud was loose...not even close to the bracket.
I knew I had tightened it when I put everything back together after doing all the gaskets. Yesterday before driving home from Bill'* I noticed it was loose again. I tightened it but it would NEVER torque down, it just kept turning.
After driving to and from work today, I popped the hood, and saw that the nut had loosened all the way to the tip of the stud.
I started to use a different nut, but when I did it was too tight, and the stud started turning. After removing the stud completely there was some metal within the threads.
I haven't tried putting the stud back in yet, I don't know if the threads are messed up where the stud enters the nosedrive.
The SC is completely torqued down to the LIM (obviously) so I don't see leaving the stud out causing a problem.
Can anyone confirm?