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Metal chips in oil

I just bought a 1993 Saturn SL. My husband fixed the timing on it because that is what we were told it needed. He was driving home in it and noticed it was driving rough. It died a few times, but he got it started and got it almost home when it died again. He tried to start it but fried the starter. The oil was checked and there are metal chips/flakes in the oil. What does that mean? I don't know much about cars and my husband is frustrated.

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The same thing happened to my 1993 sc1. my timing chain was coming apart and making this really loud clicking sound. turns out it was the timing chain smacking against the inside of the manifold and metal was chipping away and turned up in the oil. we replaced the timing chain and changed the oil. as a precaution i changed the oil again after about two weeks. this was back in 2005. haven't had any problems since. hope this helps.

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Something inside the engine is starting to come apart. What exactlly??.....It's hard to say until you start tearing down the engine. Was there any noticable problems with the chain/belt or the sprockets? If you would like to dig into the engine, let me know and I can give you some simpler checks to do. Hope this helps.

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