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Timing Chain I have taken it to 2 garages that tell me my timing chain broke and pieces have gone into the motor. Is this possible? I have had another person tell me that it is just the timing sensor and that there isn't a timing chain in my car, is this true?

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  • jenharringto Sep 22, 2008

    It won't start actually. It sounds like it is trying to but it doesn't do anything. It just stalled in the parking lot one day and hasn't started since.

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If the car is driveable, your timing chain hasn't broken into pieces. If it had, your car wouldn't run, period. Something else has caused whatever issues you have - what is the car doing that suggests a problem?

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