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There are multiple symptoms of a bad timing chain, but none of them is as obvious as a rattling that can be heard from the front of the engine, especially while the car is idling. The rattling is most prominent in engine... More »

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To change a timing chain, disconnect the battery, remove the radiator, and drain the coolant. Loosen the tension gear, and pulll out the old chain. Finally, lubricate the tension gear, and attach the new chain. More »

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When a timing chain breaks, the camshaft stops spinning and the piston can strike open valves. This bends the valves, leading to catastrophic engine failure. Regular maintenance of the timing chain and replacement when n... More »

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