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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
Putting snow chains on your car tires makes winter driving safe and easy. It's smart to practice installing snow chains before snow starts to fall.
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 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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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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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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Timing chain gears.
There are several parts that will need to be changed when doing a timing chain replacement. Typically, you will need to replace the chain, the timing gears, and any guides or tensioners that are associated with the timing chain. Also,...
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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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Okay, I have a '99 Dodge Ram 2500 w/8.0 V10. The timing chain needs to be replaced. Should I replace the gears also?
Hi there. When changing out the timing chains, it is recommended to replace all the sprockets. The sprockets are worn into the old chains and can cause the new chains to prematurely fail or stretch. You can use a tensioner...
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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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Engine codes P0018,P0022, P0300, P0305, P0307, P0308, P0316. 2007 Ford Expedition
Hi - all of these codes relate to worn camshaft timing components (timing chain, guides, tensioner, etc.), which are likely worn out and require replacement. P0018 and P0020 describe camshaft/crankshaft "out-of-time" conditions, which are usually caused by worn timing chain...
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Possibly timing. 1998 Saturn SL2
Hi there - yes, it is possible that the engine has "jumped time". This engine is known for timing chain stretch, and jumping time with higher mileage. If you have spark, fuel injectors spraying, and compression, this could be the...
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Camshaft chain placement?
Hi there. Turn the engine over by hand until the timing marks are aligned up. If they are facing up and the lobes are slightly facing down, then turn the timing chain a little bit until one of the camshaft...
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Is it safe to use snow cables that are for wheels that are 1" smaller.
Hello. You definitely should not use them. That one inch of difference will allow the cables to come loose which can cause some serious damage to the vehicle. You need to use the cables that are made for your exact...
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Hydraulic chain tensioner not working.
Hi there. If the tensioner was removed, then when the engine cranked over the camshaft would not move causing the piston to come in contact with the valves. Then there would be a serious problem with the engine. Most likely...
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When I start my 2012 Nissan Frontier there is a noise from the engine.
Hello. From what you are explaining it sounds like a timing chain problem. This is a very common issue on this vehicle. It is caused by either the timing chain itself failing, or more commonly it is caused by an...

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