Timing Chain Repairs

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The timing chain in your car will need to be replaced once you’ve travelled anything between 40,000 and 100,000 miles. Problems with timing chains can be quite common, especially if you’re a high-mileage driver.

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My Timing chain is rattling – I need it changing as soon as possible!

If your timing chain is rattling, it won’t be long before it snaps completely and your engine will need to be rebuilds or worst case, buying a new engine. To avoid all this, simply request quotes through AutoAdvisor and find a garage near you to complete a timing chain replacement.


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More about your timing chain

Your timing chain is a metal chain, Commonly known as a timing chain, which works in a similar way to the chain on a bike. 

This chain works inside the engine of a car and is responsible for connecting the crankshaft to the camshaft in order to create the motion of the vehicle.

As you can imagine, your timing chain is an essential component of your car and so it needs to be working properly if your car is to be fully – and safely – functional. 

How does the timing chain work?

The timing chain is responsible for connecting the crankshaft and the camshaft in the engine and the camshaft in turn is responsible for opening and closing the valves of the engine.

Is a timing chain repair quite complex?

Timing chains are components which need to be replaced at regular intervals. It is quite a complex repair or replacement process, although most of the time is taken up with accessing this part. As a result of the time it takes to tear down the engine to reach the chain, you can expect to pay an average of £600 for UK timing chain repairs.

There are several pars alongside the timing belt which keep it in the right position within the engine. There’s the chain guider, the tensioner and the silencer and these parts can also wear out over time. If any of these parts fail, your chain will become unstable and, eventually, unsafe.

While the wear and tear is inevitable, you can slow down the degradation of the chain by making sure your engine oil is topped up as this prevents excessive friction and heat. 

How can you tell if a timing chain is failing or broken?

Signs that your timing chain is on its way out include sluggish driving, low power and, in some cases, failure to start at all. As the chain wears, it stretches out slightly and so it’s not “timing” as it should, which is when you’ll see irregularities in ignition and valve timings.

You can also tell if the surrounding parts are wearing out if you can hear strange buzzing, rattling or whirring sounds. These can be signs that the guide or tensioner is at the end of its lifespan.

Can I do anything to prevent timing chain problems?

The best thing you can do is to change your engine oil regularly and to book into a local garage for a full service at least once a year. Although most timing chains last for up to 100,000 miles, you can extend this to as much as 300,000 miles with good maintenance.

AutoAdvisor can help you to find the best timing chain repair deals in your area

At AutoAdvisor, we have a UK-wide network of garages and mobile mechanics who can fix your timing chain for a fair price. We only work with reliable and trustworthy service providers, so you’ll know that if you select one of our quotes you’ll be in good hands.

You just need to create your free AutoAdvisor account and then give us a few details about your car, your location and the issues you’re having and we’ll provide you with a selection of quotes from our partners in your area.

Once you’ve reviewed the quotes, you can pick out the one you like the most and book your car in for its repairs. The quotes are free and no-obligation, so if you decide not to go with one of the garages we recommend to you, that’s not a problem.

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