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Cam chain makes alot of noise towards back of engine was told possible cam chain, what is involved in changing this it has double cam. if i drive it before it is repaired will it cause more damage?

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    THANKS MUCH THEY WILL TRY THAT FIRST, WILL IT HURT IF I STILL DRIVE FOR A FEW DAYS UNTIL THEY CAN GET TO IT

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That is an extremely difficult engine to work on regarding the chain. There is on thing you can try is to change the tensioner for the rear chain. You can access it from the passenger wheel well, it looks like a big nut from the outside. Get a new tensioner screw and replace it. if that dosent work you will have to remove either the engine or the transmission to gain access to the chain itself.

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