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Timing chain i had my timing chain replaced but when i accelerate it makes a chattering noise and has no power up hills ..when i take my foot off the gas it the timing chain not on right or whats the deal??

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It could be that the timing chain is off a tooth, but you can try loosening the distributor and turning it a little and then tighten it back up again and see if it makes a difference. when you turn the distributor your engine speed should increase and you know that you are turning it the right wy. this is known as advancing your timing. if you notice no difference in the engine speed as you turn or adjust the dist. then you may need to adjust your throttle control sensor.

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