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How Does an Engine Idle High and Low?
A common problem that car owners experience is high or low engine idle. A damaged intake gasket, cold air intake, or PCV valve can cause idle issues.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Timing Chain
Common signs of a faulty timing chain include engine misfires, metal shavings found in the oil, and rattling sounds from the engine while idling.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Solenoid
Common signs of a faulty VVT solenoid include the Check Engine Light coming on, dirty engine oil, rough engine idle, and decreased fuel economy.
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.
How Long Do the Timing Gears Last?
The timing gears work with the timing belt and chains in the engine to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly. The gears are connected to the crankshaft at one end and the camshaft...
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 Long Does a Timing Cover Last?
A timing cover protects parts such as the timing belt, timing chain, and gears inside of your vehicle. They are made from either plastic, metal, or a combination of synthetic materials....
How Long Does an Automatic Timing Advance Unit Last?
The automatic timing advance unit is a component in vehicles with diesel engines. Of course gas and diesel engines both work on the internal combustion principle, but they are quite different,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Automatic Timing Advance Unit
If your car experiences engine knock, sluggish performance, or excessive black smoke, you may need to replace your automatic timing advance unit.
What Causes a Car to Stall?
You trust your car. You may not think about it, but you believe that certain functions will occur without fail....
How to Remove, Install, and Adjust Ignition Timing
Ignition distributors help spark the gas and air in the engine. Worn distributors need to be removed to be cleaned to maintain proper ignition timing.
How to Replace an Automatic Timing Advance Unit
The engine has an automatic timing advance unit which fails when the engine knocks, is sluggish, or emits excessive black smoke.
How to Adjust Timing on a Car
A well timed ignition will allow the engine to run powerfully and efficiently. The timing needs adjustment when the engine runs too lean or too rich.
How to Replace a Timing Cover
The timing cover protects the timing mechanism and has oil/coolant passages. If damaged, it should be replaced to prevent leaks and entry of debris.
How to Replace Timing Gears
Timing gears control are connected to the crankshaft and the camshaft and how much fuel and air enter the cylinder to ensure your car runs smoothly.

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timing
Your engine is an interference engine which means that if you turn the crankshaft and/or camshafts independently of one another, with the timing chain removed, the valves will interfere with the pistons causing the valve stems to bend. The timing...
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2008 Chrysler 300 5.7 hemi if the timing chain breaks will the valves or pistons be damaged
Your engine is an interference engine and so it is possible that the valves can hit the pistons if the timing chain breaks. Used engines can be sourced via Car-part.com or like databases. To let you know precisely of any...
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purchase a used certified car?
Both engines that were used in the 2016 Tuscon were equipped with maintenance-free silent timing chain systems. Consequently, there is no recommended replacement (mileage) interval and, indeed, the timing chain could outlast the car unless the engine is abused. As...
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Does my 2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6 have two timing chains.
Hello. To answer your question, yes, this engine has two timing chains. If you have a timing code coming up then you may simply need to have the oil changed or there may be a more serious issue. If you...
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how much does it cost to get a timing belt replaced for a 2007 ford explorer v6-4
Hi, I will be glad to help you with this. You can get the exact written quote that you desire, and schedule the repair to suit your needs, by simply visiting YourMechanic’s timing chain replacement service page. Once on that...
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Hi Peter, I was just informed by the dealership that I need the following items taken care of on my 2007 Nissan Versa there total
To install two new lower control arms costs about $600. An alignment is typically around $90. The engine mount including installation is probably around $165 total for this repair. The necessity of replacing the timing cover seal and/or...
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Do my 86 buick regal have a timing belt ?
Two different engine sizes were used in the Regal but both of those engines used timing chains instead of timing belts. Chains are subject to wear and so, if you desire, the vehicle can be inspected. To do that, simply...
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If a timing chain isnt put on right can that stop the car from starting ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct. If the timing belt is broken, installed wrong, or the engine is off time for any reason, the vehicle may not start. If you have had recent repairs made to the...
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Timing chain breakage
If your timing chain broke then your engine will have internal damage to the valves and possible piston damage. You may have to replace the entire engine or at least both cylinder heads. The costs of repairs may exceed vehicle's...
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3.0 l honda interference or non
Yes this engine is an interference motor and the likelihood of bending valves if goes out of time on the camshafts.
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Is there a way to check the ignition timing on my 1999 Chevy Malibu without disassembly?
There is no distributor on your Malibu, instead there are individual coil packs. Ignition timing is adjusted by the power train control module (PCM). You can check timing with a timing light or scan tool, but you will not be...
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im working on a 2005 chrysler with a 2.7. i keep getting a p0016 timing misalignment. i have retimed it twice. changed the sensors
Try checking and updating the computer program with the latest calibration. There is a bulletin for P0340 and should cover P0016 also. If after reprogramming the PCM and then road test to see if code returns. There has been problems...
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I'm trying to determine which VCT sensor is sensor A or Sensor 2005 Ford F150
Hello. I would need to know the code to determine which side of the engine the issue is on. I would then typically inspect it to see if the issue is a solenoid or an actuator. Most of the time...
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does a 2009 VW New Beetle 2.5 l have a timing belt or a timing chain?
This engine uses a timing belt and not a timing chain.
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Crank no start
Hi there. The issue seems to have a misfire with the spark plugs and wires. The smoke that is coming out of the breather on the intake or valve covers is caused by the fuel burning on the exhaust stroke....
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Grinding
Hello, thank you for writing in. You can submit a service request for the repair here, and find out more information about the repair. We do not have a link for every repair at this time, and we apologize for...
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Grinding noise on cold engine start up - VVT vs VCT
Correct, the technicians will replace the VCT actuator or solenoid as needed. They will do some basic diagnostic testing to confirm your issue, and take whatever corrective action needed. The website is designed to give you the best quote we...
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VVT vs VCT
Mike, we are happy to clarify. VVT (variable valve timing) is a general term for the system that keeps timing of the valves, and is typically designed to work with the camshaft. A VCT (variable cam timing) can be considered...
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VVT VS VCT
Mike, you are very welcome! Keep in mind there are several components to these systems, and the issue may not be the solenoid alone. Despite the cause of the noise, the technician will be there to find it and help...
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My local mechanic said I need to go to the dealership to have them do the timing on my 2006 LR3 v6.
Hi there. If the code is for P0011, then there is an issue with the VVTi system. The Variable Valve Timing solenoids are not functioning properly. First change the engine oil and filter. Then clear the codes by removing the...

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