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95 caviler died while driving, now it will not start. Trying to start, it cranks real rough & catches hard. Any ideas?


If it has the 2.2L engine, and its has more than 60K miles on it, you may have had a timing chain jump. The tensioner for the chains breaks and allows the chain to jump time. They only last about 60-80K miles before this happens, and when it does, it usually bends valves in the head since it is an interference engine. GM knows about this and has done nothing to correct it. You need to do a compression test to confirm the problem. If it shows low compression on one or more cylinders, plan on a replacement or rebuilt head and a new timing chain set. Then either get rid of the car or plan to replace the chain tensioner every 50K miles to prevent it from happening again.

I speak from personal experience here, having had it happen twice on my daughter's 1997 Cavalier.

Oct 25, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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2001 estima t idles rough when started


Hi, if it sounds like a tractor and is feeling rough and less powerful than normal, my guese is the timing chain guide (possibly top guide) has come loose. If you can get van over a pit, on jack stands or on hoist and while engine is running, the noise will be louder at front of engine by the timing chain housing, you could also feel the guides rattling, hence the tractor noise. As the engine is revved to higher RPM's the chain vibrates faster and the guide is forced off the chain so the noise lesson's. Parts are available, but before ordering parts you will have to disassemble timing chain housing and check the guide bolt thread on engine side are not threaded, otherwise re-threading the hole and finding the right bolts to fit guide plates can be a nightmare, but you can use helicoil, which expensive but effective. Check also the housing, it may have wear marks due to guides rubbing on it which is not a problem, but as oil circulates through it you wouldnt want it to leak out.
Hope this helps.

Jan 25, 2014 | 2000 Mazda MPV

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Was there a recall on timing chain for Saturn L200 2002 model?


Saturn never did a recall on them, but a little Googling will find you a wealth of knowledge about the problems that the 2.2L engines had with timing chains...more correctly, timing chain tensioners. It appears that the engine did/does not supply sufficient oil to the tensioner and approximately every 60-80K miles, it will fail and allow the timing chain to jump time. This can be catastrophic if it occurs at speed since the engine had aluminum heads and is an interference type engine. I recommend that if you have one that has failed, repair it and dump it, or just dump it. If you want to keep it, plan on servicing the timing chain every 50000 miles to avoid needing head replacement. My daughter had a 1999 Cavalier with the 2.2L engine. The first time the tensioner failed, it happened as she turned the car off and no head damage occurred. Replacement of the timing chain/gears/tensioner fixed it and then 60000 miles later, on the Interstate, it happened again. This time it took the head with it. Lesson learned.

Nov 02, 2013 | 2003 Saturn Ls 4dr Sedan

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On the 2004 Element. Do you have to change the timing belt at a particular time ; or does it have a Chain?


Honda element has a Timing Chain, and Honda doesn't even recommending looking at it till something like 110,000 or 120,000 miles.
However, it is this an "interference" engine, meaning that if the chain or belt fails it could destroy the valve train and even the pistons.
Because it is an interference engine. I plan to change my chain at 100K, since I expect the car to go at least 200K but don't expect the chain to last that long.
Normally cars has Tune ups scheduled at 30K, 60, and 90K. As the rule of the thumb at 90K Tune up mechanic shops recommend timing Belt or Chain to be replaced. We can go for longer taking the risk.

Oct 23, 2010 | 2004 Honda Element

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Does the 2000 Ford explorer have a timing Chain or belt? and what mileage do you replace?


It's a timing chain... They will probably last for as long as the vehicle does (175k-200k miles depending on upkeep and willingness to keep the dog alive). That said, if there's a reason to have the timing chain cover off an engine over 100k... I'm the type that would go ahead and replace the timing chain while it's in front of you if you plan on having the vehicle for more than a year or so.

If you have the engine pulled for any reason over 100k, then that's another time that I'd be replacing the timing chain and the oil pump while I'm at it...

Apr 30, 2010 | 2000 Ford Expedition

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I am nervous while having my driving lesson with my instructor. I am not sure if my turn on left/right are not short or wide. I am afraid of making left turn on no green arrow. What advice can you give me...


I don't now if I'm meant to be dealing with problems like this but I know what you mean.
All you need to so is remain calm and ambitious, you need to make yourself know you need to pass and then you'll be able to drive be able to go out be able to drive out and not rely on anyone else to give you a lift it's a whole new life it gets a whole more existing.
We all get nervous but just have a 1 hour relax before you driving lesson and you should be fine

Try that and see if you go. If its not you and your instructors then simply change instructors.

Good luck with your lessons Hope I helped Dr Reed

Apr 06, 2010 | 2005 Dodge Neon

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How much it cost to fix a 1994 buick park avenue timing chain


If you are doing it yourself, a 3 piece kit including cam, crank, and chain will run you about $60. If you plan on taking to a shop plan on it being around $300!

Feb 12, 2010 | 1994 Buick Park Avenue

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Chain broke


If the engine is running ok, leave it be. If you plan on keeping the vehicle for a long time and no ther issues exist with the performance, you may want to replace the chain, but you'll have to replace other parts as well. Cam shaft gear, crankshaft gear and chain should be replaced at the same time, gaskets, front seal, oil pan gaskets to name a few. Its a big job. I don't know the history of your engine, but I'm sure other parts will need replacing before the chain. Just a thought.

Jan 17, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Venture Cargo

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I need to place timing chain on 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. I need to know estimate of cost?


All shops charge differently. Call around. Plan on spending about 500 give or take.

Jan 12, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Does 1999 taurus have a timing belt or chain?


The 3.0 engines has 2 timing chains.it has left side timing chain and a right side timing chain.if you planning to change timing chains.besure to replace timing chain tensioners.

Jul 19, 2009 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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