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I think my timing chain may be going bad. How can I tell? How much to fix it?

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Depending upon which engine you have a chain replacement should be the better paqrt of $500. (mostly labor) Chains stretch but gernerally the upper gear fails, depending upon miles. If you have a tensioner that takes up slack, its pretty difficult to check without taking it apart, unless its gone completely, in which case the distributor rotor will either "stutter" or fail to turn altogether when cranking. Only other clue is taht when crank is at tdc the rotor will not index properly with the #1 wire position on the cap.

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