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1996 Saturn SL2 had timing replaced, was on interstate for about 300 miles and threw a rod. If the timing was off could this have caused the rod to break?

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    What engine? Any indication/warning, such as oil light coming on, or oil pressure dropping? A lot things to consider here.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    No....unless work done caused an oil leak, the two items are unrelated. Generally, you should have noticed knocking or low oil pressure before the rod entirely failed. (rods generally don't break unless the rod bearing fails)

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If the timing was off, from my experiance, it would cause the valve to go down threw the piston. The rod more than likely was on its last leg before the repair. Because the timing actually keeps the crank shaft (that turns the rods/pistons up and down) and the cam shaft (makes the valves go up and down) in sequence. So if the timing were off then the valves would be down when the piston were up. This could cause the rod to break but usually it either cause the valve to punch a whole threw the piston or the piston to bend the valve. Either case is very bad but so is a broken rod.

Hope this helps

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