How do you know if the timing chain is worn?
A timing chain is lubricated by the engine oil. Lack of oil changes, low oil level or poor oil quality can cause the timing chain to wear.
Often, if the timing chain is worn the engine may feel sluggish, low on power or have troubles starting.
This is because as the chain wears out, it stretches and the ignition and valve timing becomes more retarded.
A worn timing chain, guides or chain tensioner can also cause variety of noises originating from the timing chain cover area of the engine.
The timing chain noises can range from rattling to whirring, whining or buzzing.
If the timing chain is worn, usually it's replaced as a kit with a new tensioner, guides, and other parts of the chain drive mechanism.
Many autos have two or even three chains in their motors and often your auto repair shop may recommend replacing all the chains at once.
To avoid timing chain problems you should maintain your engine properly and have the engine oil changed at recommended intervals.
Using premium quality engine oils and oil filters will also help. Keeping the proper oil level will ensure that the timing chain is always lubricated and last longer.
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