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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 02:38 PM
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Re: Timing Belt or Timing Chain ?

Has anyone out there ever replaced their timing chain? I'd be curious to hear from those who had at what mileage their mechanic or shop told them is necessary.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 05:12 PM
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Re: Timing Belt or Timing Chain ?

I'd have to imagine that timing chains only really get replaced when rebuilding the engine. My Oldsmobile had 125k miles on it's timing chain without any issues.

My gf's VW and my mom's Santa Fe both have timing belts and they are recommended to be replaced every 60k miles. Woof!

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 06:48 PM
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Re: Timing Belt or Timing Chain ?

If a mechanic told me to replace my timing chain I'd be looking for a new mechanic!

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 04:25 PM
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Re: Timing Belt or Timing Chain ?

I have a 2005 2.0 3-Sport, I'm assuming it has a timing chain too, since the maintenance guide doesn't mentino anything about changing a timing belt....
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Re: Timing Belt or Timing Chain ?

It's def timing chain, only few cars use timing belts. I've only seen a couple of motors lose timing tensioners or other timing issues with a chain that caused the engine to self destruct if they had been maintained properly. Most timing issues are manufacturer defects, improper installation at a later date or maintenance issues. Most chain systems are maintenance free upwards of a quarter million miles. A few systems are craptastic enough that you should consider replacing the chain and tensioner every 100-150k miles or so. Ours is not such a system.
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 04:53 PM
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my 2009 mazda 2.0 liter has almost 170,000 and is getting the timing chain done. We believe that it streched from the a/c compressor locking up. The chain had over an inch of play in it.
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