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Is there a simple way to see if a 2004 jeep 4.0 jumped timing without stripping to the timing chain?

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You have a chain in it, not a belt. It hasn't jumped a tooth or two. Guides could be worn. It would throw a code. But it wouldn't jump. Whta's the problem?

Posted on Dec 03, 2014

Testimonial: "No, it was towed to a relatives house. The following week he tried to move it. He said it started, made a bunch of noise, drove about 15 feet and shut down. Surprisingly the rad is still full of coolant regardless."

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    Mustang_Guru Dec 03, 2014

    Was in accident and run with rad fan and shroud bashed into motor and it shut down. Now all of the broken parts have been removed but it's backfiring out the throttle body and won't start. No codes, no blown fuses.

  • Randy Ohler Dec 03, 2014

    Well this is a different story. Running the engine with NO cooling system can cause lots of problems. Everything gets way to hot. It warps . Heads, valves, rings get burnt, seals get burnt. Most likely heads. Most codes don't set without 3 to 5 minutes of running time..

  • Randy Ohler Dec 03, 2014

    Then the shut down could be from wires being cut from the accident. Ther noise also could be fromfas coming on because they are shorted.

  • Randy Ohler Dec 03, 2014

    Sorry, hit the enter button too soon. From fans coming on at key on. The noise really has to be isolated to find out what is really going on.

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    Mustang_Guru Dec 03, 2014

    The only wire cut is the electric fan which has no power until up to temp. If you can't answer the question please move on because you are not helping.

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    Mustang_Guru Dec 03, 2014

    Noise? Backfiring out throttle body and not starting is the problem. The only noise was when it was started before with the broken electric fan and shroud into the belt and accessories. Im thinking it jumped timing then. I know it's a chain I said that in first post. But an old stretched chain can jump if the engine or parts of it are bound up suddenly while running!


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SOURCE: 1995 jeep wrangle timing chain

to be safe !00k is good time for 4 cyl or earlier if used for towing

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Essentially, since the valves and distributor are both driven by the camshaft (via the timing chain), both are equally affected by anything that happens to the chain. Chains don't actually "jump time"
but most often will stretch out and cause the cam and distributor to lag behind the crankshaft so the pistons are out of phase with them. That causes lower and lower actual compression and later and later spark, resulting in poor power output and in extreme cases, a piston can actually touch and bend a lagging valve. If an engine is fitted with an aluminum cam gear, the gear teeth are nylon. As the gear turns, an excessively worn chain will ride up and strip off the teeth.
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