The timing chain has the important job of synchronizing the various parts of the engine, like the camshaft and crankshaft, allowing them to work together in time.
Timing chains are built to last the life of the vehicle; despite this, issues aren’t uncommon, especially in high-mileage vehicles. Low oil levels, using the wrong grade of oil, or poor oil quality can cause the chain to wear faster. The timing chain tensioner, guides, and other components can also become faulty over time. If your vehicle is older or nearing 100,000 miles, it’s recommended to have your timing chain inspected for wear or damage.
Is it Time to Replace Your Timing Chain?
Some signs it may be time to replace the timing chain or its components include:
- Rattling noises near the engine or odd vibrations during start-up or idling
- Engine misfires
- Poor performance
- Metal shavings present in the oil
- The engine won’t start, or it fails while driving
- The check engine light is on
If you need a new timing chain or would like to have yours inspected, schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations in St. Paul and West St. Paul. Our nationally certified ASE technicians will keep your vehicle running safely and reliably!