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Hi the timing chain on my Ford bantam broke? Will this damage the head and or the valves? The chain fell into the engine how do I get it out and how easy is it to replace the timing chain

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bent push rods could have been caused when the chain broke and not from the chain been replaced wrong or the timing out.

if the engine was running when the chain broke the cam would have stopped leaving all the valves in the same positon as the mometum of the fly wheel continued to turn the pistons in the cylendars could hav come up and hitting the valves and bending the push rods. and or damaging the cylendar head.

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