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Old 10-09-2003, 02:38 PM
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420sel Timing Chain Symptoms

I have a 90 420sel with 110k miles. My MB mechanic has said to redo the timing chain between 125k & 150k. I am terrified that before I can have done (in about 2-3 weeks) I will have a disaster with mega bucks to rebuild the motor. Can anyone tell me the symptoms of a worn out timing chain, like the noises heard or the way the car drives, idles, etc. Any details you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Scott
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Old 10-10-2003, 11:04 AM
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If you've kept up on the oil changes, you are still in the safe zone at that mileage. Usually an extremely stretched chain will rattle when the engine is started. I don't think I'd worry. Then again it's not my car. Just joking.


PS: Make sure they replace the plastic pieces that hold the oiler tubes in place. A good shop will do that automatically, but it never hurts to remind them.
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Old 10-10-2003, 12:16 PM
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It seems the 420 engine was more prone to chain problems than other engines. The simplest way to put your mind at rest is to invest in a set of valve cover gaskets and visually inspect the chain and rails. Look cloesly at the left side inner chain rail as it has a tendency to split and or crack along the securing pin bore.

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