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How Long Does a Timing Chain Last?
A timing chain is a metal chain, as opposed to the timing belt which is made of rubber. The chain is located inside of the engine and needs to be lubricated by...
How Does a Timing Chain Work?
Your timing chain is absolutely essential to the operation of your vehicle. If it breaks, your car isn’t going to go anywhere, and you could end up with engine damage. So, how does the...
How to Install Tire Chains
Winter weather has a reputation for being dangerous and unpredictable. There are days where you would prefer to sit inside with a mug of cocoa and read a book, but life demands that you...
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Timing Gears (Gear To Gear)
Common signs include rattling noises from the engine, a rough running or backfiring engine, and an engine that does not run.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Timing Chain
Common signs include engine misfires, metal shavings found in the oil, and rattling sounds from the engine while idling.
What Is the Difference Between a Timing Belt and a Timing Chain?
What are timing belts and timing chains, and how do they differ from one another? Well, the simple answer is that one is a belt, and one is a chain. Of course that’s not...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Timing Cover
Common signs include oil leaking, engine running rough, a knocking sound from the engine, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
How to Put on Snow Chains
Driving a vehicle in the winter can be a harrowing experience regardless of whether you have a front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive vehicle....
How to Buy Good Quality Snow Chains
If you live in an area where snowfall is a possibility, then you need to be prepared for winter driving conditions. That means having a set of tire chains in your trunk...

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The cam chain snapped. Is the engine on a 2011 Ford Transit 2.4L a non-interference engine?
Hello. My research indicates that the ford 2.4 TDCI engine is indeed an interference type engine. If your timing chain has snapped, then it may be possible that the pistons and valves made contact and possibly became bent or damaged....
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Do I need to replace the timing chain tensioner cover gasket?
This would depend on the severity of the oil leak. If the oil leak is fast, I would recommend having this issue resolved as soon as possible to prevent any damage to your engine. The labor charges likely high due...
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Adjusting the camshaft and crankshaft for the timing chain
I believe the "official" procedure for these M30 engines is to: Leave the tensioner until last Install the chain with the crank and cam sprockets on TDC, and the chain tight on the driver side of the chain Use...
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Between timing chain & wheel bearing & starter which is more important to fix first?
Hello. I would repair them in this order given your research (Well done!), and your replacement car plans. First - have the timing chain repair done. It is a bit costly, but the consequence of ignoring it is a trashed...
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timing chain marks
You should leave the gear where it is unless you plan on removing the distributor and indexing it again. The engine as of now is not on the TDC (Top Dead Center) of the compression stroke of the number one...
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How many belts & timing belt
This depends on which engine your car is equipped with. For your 2007 Toyota Highlander, there were two options: Highlanders manufactured from 2001 to 2007 with a V6 engine require a new belt every 60k miles. Secondly, 4-cylinder...
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I am having a timing chain issue.
Hi there. Check the throttle position sensor for if its plugged in from when the timing chains were replaced. Also look at the harness and make sure that all of the sensors are plugged in. The idle air control valve...
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Chain noise but just had chain done
Hi. It sounds like the timing chain guides are loose or worn out causing the noise you still hear from the timing chain. There is also the possibility that the chain was not installed properly and that is the reason...
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Timing chain or belt? 2007 Cadillac SRX 3.6:
Hi there - your SRX engine has a timing chain - actually multiple timing chains, which are oil lubricated. With proper oil change maintenance, all of the timing components should be good for 100K miles or better. There is a...
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P0011 and P0301 Code After Timing Chain Ticking Noise Fix 2004 Nissan Quest V6
Hi there - these codes indicate a mistiming problem with the camshaft for the cylinder bank which includes cylinder #1. This means that the cam timing is incorrect as a result of your timing guide repair. The repair requires disassembly...
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Engine seems like it's out of time
Hello, thanks for writing in. It is surprising to me that there are no codes stored. Nonetheless, I suspect your timing chain and gear set are worn sufficiently that the timing chain has jumped one or more teeth, and your...
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how to tell if timing chain is bad
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Misfires can be caused by sloppy timing chain, spark plugs and wires not working, injectors not working, or a problem within the engine. To check the timing chain, get a timing light and...
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2004 2.2 auto zafira problem
Hi there. First check the harness to the transmission for any power loss. If the transmission is only starting out in 3rd gear, then the transmission has lost power and put it into limp mode. If you have taken the...
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replacing broken chain guide top bolt has 10mm hex plug that willnot accept the tool. any idea?
Hello. If the timing chain bolt does not accept your 10mm tool the first thing I would do is try a different one. A different tool, even if it is of the same size, may have different clearances, perhaps enough...
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Timing and cam phaser
Hi there. Assuming, the cam phaser/timing chain component repair was properly performed. The rough idle within two hours of picking up the vehicle may be, something has come loose (ie; a vacuum line). The repair facility should be willing to...
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timing chain
Hi there - Chevy produced the Camaro with half a dozen different engines for 2011 (both V6s and V8s). The good news is that these engines are shared across virtually all GM vehicles. The 8th digit of your vehicle identification...
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What parts will I need for a timing chain replacement and how many of each. Is my engine interference or non interference?
Hello - your engine does use a timing chain, and that engine is not an interference (valve-to-piston) engine. However, having said that - if the chain breaks, especially at anything above an idle, the broken chain can jam the crankshaft...
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Why does it only go 20 to 30 mph?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. First off, take your Nissan to a different mechanic. Yes; changing the motor would fix the issue, but if they are guessing that the timing chain is the reason why you're consuming as much...
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Where is the variable valve timing located?
Your variable valve timing consists of more than one component, so I need to know exactly which component has failed. The most common failures are the IVT (Intake Valve Timing), control solenoid, and the camshaft phaser. The solenoids are mounted...
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My car shut off while driving and won't start again
It's possible that your timing chain set is so worn out that the engine either "jumped time" or the timing chain broke. The starter may be turning the crankshaft over, but the camshaft and valve gear is no longer connected...

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