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What are the symptoms of a timing chain problem? How difiicult is it to replace if I wanted to do it myself?

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When the chain got older it got loose due to the tensions so it will make your car`s engine sounds louder but if the chain cut your engine will be dead and in some engines the piston will hit the valve destroy each other so don`t underestimate that timing chain it is really critical
it is had for you to replace it cuz you could miss the timing settings go to shop

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