All vehicles have either a timing chain or a timing belt. These work essentially the same; both are responsible for synchronizing the rotation of the main engine components to ensure they operate in harmony.
Timing belts have a recommended replacement schedule, but timing chains are built to last for the life of the vehicle. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re completely free of issues, especially in high-mileage vehicles. Timing chains are moving parts that need clean oil to stay lubricated and prevent wear, and there are neighboring components that can become worn or faulty over time. For this reason, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance, like oil changes, and to have your timing chain and components inspected from time to time – especially as your vehicle’s mileage rises.
Is it Time for a New Timing Chain?
Some signs it may be time to replace your timing chain or its components include:
- Poor engine performance
- The engine won’t start, or it fails while you’re driving
- Engine misfires
- Metal shavings in the oil
- The check engine light is on
- Rattling noises when starting the engine or odd vibrations while idling
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs and suspect you may need a new timing chain, contact us today at one of our three convenient locations in St. Paul and West St. Paul. Our team of nationally certified ASE technicians will inspect your vehicle and let you know what’s needed to have it running smoothly again!