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Old 12-06-2002, 05:03 PM
joshhol joshhol is offline
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Unhappy Still not sure: cam timing

I recently had the chain replaced in my 76 300D at 280,000 miles.
I don't know how stretched it was 'cause the mechanic didn't check it that way. (Not so sure I needed to replace it now)
The car doesn't run as smoothly and has a bit more valvetrain noise now. I posted this subject in the Diesel forum and got very helpful advice. But I'm still not happy 'cause the car doesn't run as well.
The best advice I got was leave the chain alone and it will stretch out in 10,000 miles and be right on the marks for a long time. See, right now it is 2 degrees advanced
Should I just wait that long for it to run the way it's supposed to or is there possible damage being done?? (Funky combustion) I know the pistons aren't going to hit the valves (I think) but it still isn't the way it is supposed to be. Go with Offset keyway???
I just want it to purr like it is used to.
Just wanted to double check.
63 220S W111
76 300D W115
2013 VW JSW TDI M6, shame on VW for trying to cheat but it's a great car. Not leaning towards a buyback.

73 280 SEL 4.5
86 300E 5 speed
2010 VW Jetta TDI M6
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