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Can you check condition of timing chain on V6 without any dismantling of engine?

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Not that i know of you may have acces if u remove the rocker covers if the chain is streched it will be noisey if it jumps a tooth on the drive sprockets it can cause terminal damage or at the least bend valves best to have a mechanic take a look at it and go from there

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What could be the 5 reasons for dismantling an engine that has been serviced for a long time?

You mean _hasn't_ been serviced in a long time?

Frankly I can't think of any! If the car has been used and working, but just not well looked after, you would change the oil, add flushing oil, and then run that for a bit and drain that for new oil, and change the filter. Drain and replace the coolant. Drain and replace brake fluid. Perhaps the one thing is checking the condition of the valve timing belt or chain. If that snaps, it can be pretty disastrous if it is an interference engine.

For a car that has been in storage for a long time, you would just change the oil and the fuel.

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What does Holden advise on a timing belt/ chain replacement on a vz 2007 v6 at what klms. I have gone through the service book and I can't see anywhere. Thanks

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