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How do i know when my timing chain is gone out

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Depends on the vehicle how you test for that
70% of all vehicles have a timing belt
There are things you can do mechanically
& also with very expensive test equipment,
non of which I can think you could do at home,
unless you know motors well & have experience.
For the most part a chain will last 15 years or the one
on my 1984 blazer is 29 years old & all testing I do,
doesn't prove any issues
I just went thru inspections & passed with exhaust gas
readings of a new vehicle,that said I know how to make
a few changes here & there to get thru & it's all legal

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

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