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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain?

A timing chain is one of the integral components of an internal combustion engine, without which efficient vehicle operations are impossible. Its failure can result in extensive engine damage costing the owner a fortune in repairs. What is a Timing Chain? Composed of metal links, a timing chain runs along a set of gears to rotate the crankshaft and camshaft and regulates the opening and closing of the engine valves in coordination with the firing pistons. Since the timing chain is housed inside the engine, it receives its lubrication from the engine oil, which is essential for its smooth functions. Despite having a metallic composition, timing chains can wear off, get loose, or break due to stress. Signs of a Faulty Timing Chain A worn timing chain exhibits some symptoms that signify that the timing chain is not functioning properly. These signs include: Rattling Sound on Starting the Engine or Idling A common finding in a vehicle with a bad timing chain is unusual rattling noise ... read more