In Reply to: Re: Brits change 'em all the time / Yanks change t posted by Rupert Knight on April 24, 2002 at 08:21:50:
I think the 'renewing the timing chain' issue (particularly when arbitrarily set at 100K) is overblown....and overblown by those who have a particular vested interested in charging £2000+ for it....we all know who we're talking about don't we?
I've just fitted the E36 tensioner...not because my chain was noisy (car is on 76K miles) but just because of all the stuff I read about it here. I'm not sure if start up is any quieter but it's interesting to here Stan's thoughts that it may be a preventative measure.
And you're right Roops I don't remember hearing of anyone's chain snapping ( that's what 'you know who' say will happen)... I think only one person on here has ever had a chain 'slip' and cause damage...in fact, correct me if I'm wrong but didn't that just turn out to be a false alarm?
I must admit, I am becoming more inclined towards your thoughts Stan. I have still to meet or hear directly of someone who's chain has actually broken. I think the tension is the thing, if the chain is that sloppy it jumps teeth then wave by by to loads of cash to sort out bent valves, re-profiled pistons etc. I suppose the other thing is that if the sprockets get worn then they could be just as likely to cause the same problem even with a nice taught chain.
..tensioner as required. S14s are not known for chain breaking. Keep the tensioner in good shape, go with later improved versions and the chain and related bits will last and last. IMO the chain issue is overblown by some.