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Timing chain what would make the inside of a timing chain wear and then eventually break after a couple months

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Has it got an aftermarket 'manual' tensioner fitted ? if so you should adjust it when you hear it rattling.

are you keeping your oil topped up and changed regularly

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When to replace timing chain on toyota rav4


Broad opinion is the chain is good for 200,000 or the life of the engine. The big problem is the life of a chain is so variable depending on maintenance and driving conditions.

A car with fewer cold starts and longer journeys driven mostly at a constant speed that has had regular oil changes using quality oil will have a considerably longer timing chain life than a car that has lots of cold starts, short runs and minimal maintenance.

Mostly a worn chain will rattle at idle for a while before it breaks and causes damage. When servicing a chain driven engine it is often possible to get a look at the chain through the oil filler. If not it is worthwhile to occasionally remove the valve cover and expose the chain and check it for wear where it passes over the sprockets.

With a worn chain it will be possible to detect some slackness where it passes over a sprocket even though the chain seems tight between the sprockets. This condition indicates the ideal time to change the chain, tensioner and guides for the purpose of preventative maintenance, though typically a chain will last a lot longer but then when the chain must eventually be replaced the sprockets are likely to need replacing in addition to avoid a prematurely worn (replacement) chain.

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How do i take the slack out of my timing chain on my 98 Nissan 200sx? i already replaced the upper chain tensioner it was worn to the metal.


can't take the slack out of a stretched chained if you already replaced just the tensioner

did you also look at the other timing chain guides?!? they're plastic covered as well & will eventually wear out in time

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Normally Timing Chains do not wear out or break like the old Timing Belts did. The main issue with Timing Chains is that the actualy chain guides will wear out usually before anything happens with the actual chain itself.

If you are not hearing any abnormal noises from the Timing Chain area, i would probably just leave it alone, you could also call the dealer and just ask them what the recommended service interval (if any) is to replace the Timing Chain.

Hope this helps with your concern..

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When does the timing chain for 2002 Nissan Maxima st v6 need to be changed?


You change rubber timing belts,because they wear and could break

You do not change a chain,unless the guides wear or the tensioners hang up,so keep changing your oil every 4000 miles or less and use 0W-30 or 5W-30,synthetic if you can afford it (Mobil 1 leaves the engine real clean inside,( I have pulled a couple oil pans)

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chains are not like belts.... they are much tougher therefore last a hell of a lot longer...typically around 90,000 miles or more they should be looked at as they do eventually stretch and can jump time...they also have tensioners that can wear out causing the chain to jump a tooth, and a tell tale sign of this wear is indicated by noise coming from the timing chain case area.I have seen some 3.8 v/6 engines one in particular manufactured by Buick/Olds and installed in early CJ 5 Jeeps lasting over 200,000 miles...but sounding like a washing machine at idle from all the worn parts as well as some having a fiber type cam sprocket that wears out(used to help silence any gear slap noise)Hope this somewhat helps.

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if its a 2.2ltr its a timeing chain and the r known for failing they have a cheap plastic slide that wears out prematurely causing the chain to jump or sometimes break. ive fixed a lot of them so i dont think its an interferince fit engine if its v6 4.3ltr u hardly ever have a problem with the timeing chain. its usually the gear at the bottom of the distributer wears out

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at the dealer we rec them at 100k,,,,even if its not noisy or anything,it is a constant wear and tear item and the chain is no bigger or stronger than a bicycke chain,,,,they stretch and can break,and if the tensioner breaks or releases tension,its as bad as the chain breaking,either way the pistons will hit the valves and bend the valves,,,,also the timing chain guides are plastic and wear out,i would rec doing it,,,,but do the guides (2) front and rear and the chain,the tensioner,and lower crank sprocket and cam gears,,,,,if the car is in good shape and youre gonna keep it do it,,,if not,,,risk it and let it go,it may never break,,,but i would do it

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