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Old 04-21-2006, 01:23 AM
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How to check for bad timing chain?

I was wondering what an easy way to check for a bad timing chain is?....i have no degree wheel so thats out. thanks

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if its in real bad shape its stretched and you may be able to have a friend watch your balancer as you shut the motor off.if it wants to slap backward quite a bit(which is what happens when they go out)it may be bad.look at yours and then someone else's that you know to be good and compare their movements.when they go out the chain is stretched so bad that when it rocks backward it jumps a couple of teeth throwing your timing out of wack and won't start so while i have never had cuase to check one like this it shold work.you may also be able to bring number one up to tdc and pull the dist. cap off and see if the rotor is pointing at number one plug tower on the cap.if it's way off,that would be another indicator.
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Take your distributer cap off. Turn the balancer back and forth with a wrench. Look at the rotor and see how long it takes to start turning.......That is how loose your chain is.
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