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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?

My 2001 Honda Civic's manual indicates that my timing belt should be replaced every 110,000 miles or 84 months. I bought the car in July 2001 and have around 49,000 miles on it. A dealer mechanic said ...
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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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Should I replace the Timing belt in 2004 Kia

I own a 2004 Kia Spectra. It only has 47,000 miles on it (I don't drive much) When I had the transmission fluid changed they said the 3 outer belts needed to be replaced due to dry rot. I am in ...
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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Is there a way to tell if a timing belt has been changed without actually changing it?

I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. ...
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How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?

I own two cars: a 2003 Acura TL and a 2005 Volvo S60. I've been told that depending on what car you drive, a failed timing belt can result in immediate engine damage. I would like to know (not just ...
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1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?

I was driving to work one morning and the car just staled, after waiting hours to be towed by a flatbed truck and sending it to a shop, I received a call that my timing belt broke. Which was not ...
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Timing belt sound - time to replace?

I know very little about motor vehicle maintenance and repair, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question. Recently my car started making a puttering sound ("puh-puh-puh..."). I took it to the ...
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Squeal from timing belt area

When starting the engine from cold on my Volvo 440 (1.8 LI, K reg) there is a loud squeal coming from the timing belt area. The noise goes away after a couple of minutes driving. What could be the ...
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At what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6

Assuming I have no known mechanical problems, at what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6? I have heard 60,000 miles from some sources, but the manual seems to ...
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Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?

Just got a '98 Benz ml320 and two days later it cut off on me, twice, within about 5 minutes. I took it for a diagnostic. I'm wondering how overpriced this estimate is and possible ideas of best ...
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Does the Timing Chain Need to be Replaced on the 2008 Toyota Sequoia at 90,000 Miles?

The service manual that came with my vehicle recommends replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles. It has a note at the bottom of the page though that this is for the 2uz-fe engine only. Apparently ...
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Cold start Squeak noise

I have an 04 Toyota Camry Solara. The car is in very good condition at 165k miles. Although since two winters ago I have noticed only in the cold mornings when I first start the car there is like a ...
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Chevy C2 brokes its valves when the timing belt is broken?

The Chevy C2 is and Opel Corsa designed by General Motors México. The version I own is model 2007 and its gear transmision is automatic. I Bought this car used and I send it to the mechanic yo ...
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Can camshaft seal leaking hurt timing belt and cause sudden engine breakdown while driving? - Volvo XC90

Volvo service told me that the camshaft seal of my Volvo XC90 needs to be replaced for $1000. I see no oil on the timing belt, its dry. It just has some black dust. If there is real leak, can it ...
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Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...
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Vauxhall Repair Center vs Local Mechanic

I'm in a point that I have to decide between: Vauxhall Service Center - that I have never used before Local mechanic - which I have done MOT and service checks before and sounds reasonably ...
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07 Honda Odyssey timing belt change interval for “normal” driving conditions?

The owners manual for my 2007 Honda Odyssey seems to indicate that the timing belt should be changed at 60,000 miles for extreme driving conditions. It's not clear what the schedule is for normal ...
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Timing Belt Replacement Schedule on 2004 KIA

Can anyone tell me at what recommended mileage should the timing belt be replaced on a 2004 KIA 4 clylinder engine. And if you know, is this a job for a pro or can a do it yourself person do it? ...
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Is it worth repairing/replacing a noisy timing belt tensioner on a MkV VW Golf?

The timing belt tensioner on my early-2005 Golf 1.6l FSI (50k miles on the clock) "sticks" when the engine is started from cold, apparently the tensioner tightens the timing belt when you start the ...
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What is the recommended interval change a Holden Barina timing belt?

It's a 2009 Holden Barina TK with 44,000 km on the clock. The mechanic is recommending that it's time to change the timing belt, but it seems to soon to me for such a costly procedure. When I've had ...