Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I'm a bit confused. You show 1 timing chain, my 2006 CTS has a total of three. Perhaps you're suggesting that the main chain is damaged.

asked by on

I'm a bit confused. You show 1 timing chain, my 2006 cts has a total of three. Perhaps you're suggesting that the main chain is most likely the problem and that's all you reference, but it seems just as likely to me that it could just as easily be all three that have stretched. So, why not replace all three while the front end is already torn apart? Plus there are guides and tensioners and pulleys that come with a standard kit. What am I missing here? 210,000 miles

My car has 99999 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

When it comes to replacing the timing chain in your vehicle, it is best to replace all of the timing chains. For your engine, the camshaft timing chains are more likely to stretch more than the main drive timing chain. All of the tensioner, guides, and sprockets should be replaced as well to start a new pattern with the new chains. Old patterns will prematurely damage the timing chains. Click on the following links to see the process of the timing chain replacement:

Click Below

If you need further assistance with your timing chain replacement, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I'm a bit confused. You show 1 timing chain, my 2006 CTS has a total of three. Perhaps you're suggesting that the main chain is damaged.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: It overheated once and the heater started blowing cold air

Hi There, What you are describing sounds like a clogged heater core which may also be connected to your car overheating as well. As you may know, the heater core is a small radiator like unit that circulates the hot...

Q: I am trying to replace the dc converter in my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. I bought used one online and put it in but not working.

Hi there. Unfortunately, there are too many variables we are not aware of, including the type of component you are using (OEM or aftermarket), the installation process or condition of the vehicle prior to the service completed to provide you...

Q: How much money should it cost to replace a drive belt

You may have problems with the tensioner for the belt and not just the belt. Also the power steering should not stop when turning on the a/c. You should first have a mechanic inspect the belt and tensioner along with...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.