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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.
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. You may be aware...
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 Cover
Common signs include oil leaking, engine running rough, a knocking sound from the engine, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
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.
How Long Does an Automatic Timing Advance Unit Last?
The 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, and require different means of controlling the flow...
How Long Does a Timing Cover Last?
A 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. In modern vehicles, the covers are designed to...
How Long Does a Timing Cover Last?
A 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. In modern vehicles, the covers are designed to...
How Long Do the Timing Gears Last?
The 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 at the other end. They have small...

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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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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...
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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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Timing off in vehicle.
Greetings! Have a trained technician, like the ones here at YourMechanic, come out and take a look for you. The mechanic will be able to turn the engine over to determine why the car is not starting and confirm proper...
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Timing off
The pinion teeth of the starter motor engage with the teeth on the flex plate, and the starter motor cranks over the engine. I don't see how you could have messed up your timing during a starter replacement. But it...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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Rattle noise
Hi there. Either the engine's timing tensioner is loose and not pressurizing up when the engine is started up or the camshaft variable timing solenoid is sticking when the engine oil is thick - cold. I recommend putting in an...
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No spark or fuel
Hi there, typically when replacing the water pump, you shouldn't have to worry about engine timing. Is there a security light on the dash? There may be an issue with the chip in your key that is preventing the car...
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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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Low oil pressure light on
Hi there. Sometimes when a mechanic removes the OEM timing chain and installs a new kit, mistakes can be made on reattaching electrical or ground wires to internal components, such as the oil pump. Other causes that might trigger the...
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Head gaskets
The majority of the top end of the motor will in fact need to come apart in order to replace head gaskets. However, this would not necessarily be true for replacing only the timing belt.
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Does my car have a timing belt or timing chain
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Honda Accord. Firstly, there is no way to know without looking your engine to check if it has a timing belt or chain. I have worked on a lot of Honda's and most...
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cranks, but won't start.
If the vehicle was operating immediately prior to the repair work, and you suspect that the timing belt might be mispositioned, then yes valve timing would be the first thing to check. Once you verify the timing, if the starter...
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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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Car shakes when started
Hello, Having your car shake during start up is not a pleasant experience, to say the least. There are several factors that could lead to the symptoms your Monte Carlo is experiencing with shaking while starting. While the timing chain...
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is there a spout connector on a 85 lincoln town car and if so where's the location
The spout connector is within about 6 inches from the electrical connection of the TFI module on the distributor. Pull out plug to set base timing.
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Do I Need to reset the timing when the Serpentine belt breaks?
Loosing the serpentine belt should not affect the engine timing. But it sounds like you have some other problem. The first thing that comes to mind is that the harmonic balancer may be coming apart. The harmonic balancer is a...

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