Timing chain repairs
Ignored timing chain faults can lead to catastrophic engine failure.
The majority of timing chains should last a life time according to most manufacturers, but if the engine has been poorly maintained or is the result of a bad design fault then a replacement chain and other components or repairs to the engine could be necessary.
How would I know if I have a timing chain fault?
It is likely that your Engine Management light would illuminate should you have a fault with your timing chain. In addition to this your vehicle may feel sluggish, low on power or have trouble starting. This is because as the timing chain wears out, it stretches and the ignition and valve timing become out of sync. If your timing chain has worn you may also hear rattling, whirring or whining noises from the timing chain area of the engine.
How to avoid timing chain problems.
Providing your timing chain problems are not as a result of a bad design fault you can help to avoid timing chain problems by keeping your engine well maintained. The timing chain is lubricated by the engine oil, therefore, having the engine oil changed at the recommended intervals and keeping your oil topped up to the correct level will help prolong the life of your vehicles timing chain. Like any other moving mechanical component inside the engine a timing chain is subject to wear. Lack of oil changes, low oil level or poor oil quality can cause the timing chain to wear faster.
If a timing chain fault is ignored it can lead to catastrophic failure to an engine, in most cases resulting in the need for major engine repairs.
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