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Where is the timing chain in an engine?

Where is the timing chain in an engine?

Well, a timing chain is located inside of your engine right behind what is called your timing cover. It’s connected to both your crankshaft timing gear and your camshaft timing gear and it remains tight at all times thanks to your timing chain tensioner.

How often should I change my timing chain?

You should expect your timing chain to last over 200,000-300,000 miles as long as everything is functioning properly with your engine. If you neglect your engine and don’t regularly change your oil or leave the oil level low for too long this can damage the timing chain and timing chain tensioner.

What happens if you break your timing chain?

Timing chains don’t usually break (timing belts do!), but chains can get far enough out of time so that the vehicle can’t be driven. If you’re driving on the highway, the engine can instantly shut down without any warning. If this happens to you, immediately and carefully pull over to the side of the road while your car still has its momentum.

Why is MY BMW 1 series timing chain not working?

Timing chain problems can manifest themselves in several ways including excessive noise, poor running of the engine and an engine warning light for example . This customer was experiencing poor running so wisely decided to have the problem investigated straight away.

How much does it cost to change a timing chain?

The cost of replacing your vehicle’s timing chain belt, as with almost any car repair, will depend on the vehicle you drive, your geographical location and the professional mechanic you hire. From our research, the total replacement costs, when hiring a professional, can range anywhere from $550 to more than $2,100+.

How many hours does it take to change timing chains?

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Timing Chain? The timing chain replacement cost is higher than many other auto repair jobs in large part because of how long it takes to put a new timing chain into place. Oftentimes, it’s going to take a mechanic between 4 and 6 hours to complete a timing chain replacement job from start to finish.

When do you need to change the timing chain?

The timing chain normally needs to be replaced between 40,000 and 100,000 miles unless there is a problem. Issues with the chain are pretty common in high mileage vehicles, so if you are driving an older vehicle, or one with a lot of miles, it is best to be on the lookout for symptoms of the timing chain going bad or failing.

How long does it take to change the timing chain?

In general, if the timing chain is replaced by a mechanic having all their replacement supplies and parts easily accessible, the job itself should not take more than 5 to 8 hours total.

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Ruth Doyle