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Otherwise known as the pesky little light that you like to pretend doesn’t exist. Look, I get that ignorance is bliss and all, but the check engine warning light exists to, well, warn you when something is off with your engine. A timing chain that is beginning to fail will result in an engine that isn’t running quite right, and that will trigger the check engine warning light.
If you insist on ignoring warning lights, can you at least admit that weird noises coming from your car are important warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored? A timing chain that is loose or damaged will often make a whirring or rattling noise. Noises are your car trying to tell you something. Be a good friend and listen.
When the crankshaft and camshaft aren’t properly synchronized, the engine will experience incomplete combustion. That will make the motor run a little funny, and you’ll feel it in your right foot. Acceleration may hesitate, and the car may stutter. You may find yourself without as much power as you’re generally accustomed to, and it may be due to a funky timing chain.
I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but if your engine won’t run, it’s often a sign that something is wrong with your car. And by “often” I mean “always.” If the timing chain snaps, the crankshaft and camshafts won’t be synchronized. When that happens, the engine simply won’t run at all. Not ideal, if you’re trying to, you know, drive somewhere.Get a Quote 1-Year | 12,000-Mile Warranty
Well, let’s start with the obvious. If your car’s engine won’t run, then a timing chain replacement is pretty urgent, assuming you want to actually use your car.
But if your car does run…well, it’s still extremely urgent. If the timing chain breaks, it can cause the valves to contact the pistons, resulting in extensive engine damage. So, I think you know the answer here. Get it replaced as soon as possible.
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