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Old 06-26-2003, 08:18 PM
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350 SDL Timing Chain

My '91 SDL is approaching 100K miles, time for a timing chain. To those who have done this, what is the procedure for holding the chain while turning the engine to allow the cam shaft to turn also?
Any other helpful hints.


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Old 06-26-2003, 08:58 PM
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The V8s might need timing chains and/or guides at 100K miles. The same is not true on the six cylinder engines since the timing chain doesn't make drastic direction changes. Since your valve cover doesn't come off for valve adjustments, take a rough measurement of chain wear by noting the crank pulley position when the cam is at #1 TDC. There is a more precise method using a dial gauge, but if the rough method says you're within a degree or two of TDC, don't worry about it.

There is a special tool that keeps the chain on the cam sprocket. Dave M. aka gsxr has posts about it frequently. I held the free end of the chain in my hand and had no trouble feeding it through outside of jumping out of my skin the first time the IP gave back the slack. This was on the 300SDL, by the way.

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Old 06-27-2003, 09:15 AM
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W Black,

Don't replace your timing chain before you measure the elongation. Most likely it does not need to be replaced.

If the timing is up to 4 degrees late, the chain does not need to be replaced.

If you use synthetic oil, the chain may last the life of the engine.


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