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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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I'm trying to remove the timing chains and need some assistance
Hey there. Typically when you get to the point when you're ready to remove the timing chain on any motor, the process is similar: remove the timing chain cover, mark the engine timing marks, remove the timing gears and the...
Timing chain cover oil leak
There are two different 3.0 engines for your Sable: SOHC, or DOHC; single overhead cam, or dual. The timing cover is a big job on either, as there are a lot of parts that need to be removed in order...
How do you know if its really a timing chain gasket? And how long does it take to repair?
It is more likely that the water pump is leaking from its front seal. The leak will show up from the center of the motor area and will drip off the bottom of the timing cover. The timing cover on...
camshaft chain
A screw extractor set may work. It depends partially on how clean the break is, how accurate you are with drilling out the bolt, and how tight the remainder of the bolt is. I suggest using a factory approved bolt,...
There are sometimes small vibrations during idle and at times a clacking noise
Hello. The noise you hear is the timing chain and tensioner. This is the most common noise in these motors. The fix is to replace the timing chains and tensioner for both sides of the engine with new guides also....
Car not starting
Hello! First I would suggest to have a mechanic check the timing of the engine. To check the timing the technician would use a timing light to see if the timing is within tolerance. Timing chains usually don't develop any...
Car starting roughly
If you are hearing a grinding noise for a few seconds on engine start up, the timing chain tensioners are to blame. There are two chain tensioners, however, if one is bad, both are replaced. It is a rather large...
Timing chain replacement
This vehicle has 3 timing chains and in order to align them up correctly you may need to purchase a repair manual or have the timing chain repair done by a qualified mechanic. These engines typically require special alignment tools...
Water pump
The 5.7 L engine on the 2007 Toyota Tundra has a timing chain, and the 4.7 L engine has a timing belt. If you have the model with a 4.7 L engine, you will want to purchase a timing...
Timing chain too loose
Hello. The rattling sound that you are hearing could be coming from several different areas of the engine. Your drive belt pulley could be bad, a compressor clutch could be loose, or the alternator pulley or timing chain could be...
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....
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...
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...
Timing chain replacement on a 4-cylinder, 2-liter Tracker
Those 2.0s are decent engines. The 3-cylinder ones are garbage, but the 2-liters are pretty good engines. First thing you are to do is, find out if there's a timing belt or a timing chain, because if it has a...
Starting issues when engine warms up
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais. Your symptoms are very similar to a vehicle experiencing a problem with the intake air temperature sensor. Other reasons for such a hard start can be low fuel...
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...
Timing chain problem
Hello. This can be caused by a variety of things, timing chain being one of them. However, there are many other reasons this may also happen, such as a faulty mass air flow sensor, fuel injection problems, a bad idle...
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...
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...
Chain needs to be replaced
The reason a timing chain can take so long at a shop is because of the large amount of labor that it entails to perform a repair of that caliber. Many parts will need to be removed in order to...

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