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Where is the balance shaft and what kind of damage will be done if I drive the car

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The balance shaft is inside the engine and im assuming youve been told theres a problem with it or a noise,and depending what youve been told will determine wether you are going to do harm,if its just a noisy chain (slightly worn,stretched ) you may not do any harm,depends on the noises its making

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