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Timing Chains - Newcastle Under Lyme

Timing Chains

When it comes to timing chain vs. timing belt, there are major differences to understand. It’s important you know which one your car’s engine uses to keep everything running smoothly.

So, timing belt or chain? If you’re not sure whether your car has a belt or a chain, you can find a list of cars with timing chains with a simple Google search.

The biggest distinction between the two is when they need replacing. A timing belt is a strip (usually made of rubber). Due to friction and constant strain, it tends to become worn, several times, throughout the life a car.

With a timing chain (or cam chain), built similarly to a bicycle chain, you’re less likely to experience the chain snapping before your car gives out. If you're unsure whether your car has a timing chain or whether it's in need of replacement, give us a call.

Symptoms of a Failing Timing Chain


  • Engine Misfiring and Lacking Power. When an engine misfires, it is a problem with the valve timing
  • Metal Shavings in the Engine Oil. This is something that will only be noticed when you have an oil change.
  • Engine Failure.
  • Engine Light is Illuminated.
  • Rattling Noise When Idling.


If you're experiencing any of these symptoms or have a question, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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