A timing chain becomes worn over time and develops slack, which makes it loose.
2. When the chain is loose, the engine’s valves (which are powered indirectly by the chain) will no longer run correctly.
3. When the valves run off-sync, the engine will function poorly and cause the vehicle to have a rough idle.
Can I replace a timing chain myself?
You may find that you need to replace your timing chain at some point. However, with the right tools and some mechanical know-how, you can do it yourself. Just be aware that this is a major job and that doing it incorrectly can have serious consequences for your engine.
How do you check a timing chain?
Read the amount of stretch on the timing tab. For example, if the rotor tip began to move 10° after TDC as measured at the timing mark, the chain has 10° of stretch.
2. Any reading more than 4° to 5° is considered excessive and you need to schedule time to install a new timing chain and gear set.
When replacing timing chain What else should I replace?
While replacing your timing chain, you should also replace the tensioner, gaskets, and seals.
2. It’s also a good idea to replace the timing chain if you’re experiencing engine or drivetrain problems.
Will a broken timing chain destroy my engine?
An engine timing chain failure will cause the engine to either not start, or to fail while driving.
2. If the timing chain is already broken, the engine will not have enough compression to start.
3. If the timing chain breaks or jumps while the engine is running, the pistons can be damaged from contact with the valves. This can bent or ruin the valves, and potentially damage the engine.