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Posted by David 87M3 on April 25, 2002 at 07:46:25:

In Reply to: When should I change the timing chain........ posted by Eds on April 24, 2002 at 07:12:16:

I have never heard of a chain snapping, I know of a car were the chain jumped. I prefer preventative maintanence thats why mine hase been done at 76K miles.
I paid 1000 for the full job I know have no startup noise (use to sound like a deisel engine for upto 5 minutes).
The car runns a lot smoother because the valve timing will be slightly out if the chain is slack.
If John W still reads this board he will confirm what i am saying because he has seen and driven my car his works "the engine feel like new".
remmember its better to pay 1000 - 2000 for a new chain than 4K for a rebuild.
I don't belive the crap about 100K miles do the job. I think if you replace the tensioner and it does not cure the noise the look at the full job as in my case.

just my thoughts

And how can I tell if it needs changing. I don't get any unusual rattles or starting problems.


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