Timing Chain

What is a Timing Chain?
A timing chain does the same job as the timing belt (cambelt). It drives the camshaft(s) in an engine, the timing of this process is vital and must be within a very narrow range to allow the engine to run correctly. Timing chains need replacing at certain intervals (depending on the car) and can wear out quicker if engine oil levels aren't maintained.

Timing chains can stretch with wear, they can also stretch due to sudden shocks such as mishifting a gear. When the chain is stretched the timing of the engine will be out and will lead to all kinds of problems. Badly stretched timing chains can lead to catastrophic engine damage.
What problems can be caused by a faulty Timing Chain?
17 problems that mention the Timing Chain

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Engine noisy when idling

when stopped at lights engine revs 1000 rpm

2012 Vauxhall Corsa 1400 cc
Posted: Apr 5, 2022
Rattling loud noise from engine

Rattling noise from engine that gets faster as rpm go faster.

2006 Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 SRI
Posted: Feb 19, 2022
Engine overheating

2012 Citroen DS3 1.6 thp 155
Posted: Jan 4, 2022
Engine wont turn over by hand but no oil issues

the engine just stopped no warning garage cant turn it over by hand

2014 Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 turbo techline
Posted: Dec 23, 2021
Engine problem

There is this really loud metal tapping noise coming from the engine that sounds like metal hitting metal on the passengers side it happens when the car starts up and then stops when the car had warme...

2005 Vauxhall Astra Cdti
Posted: Dec 22, 2021
Spluttering when starting

Had the timing chain changed new water pump head gasket head skimmed now got a problem starting it coughs and splutters once going runs fine idles fine turn it off it starts fine it only happens when ...

2006 Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 petrol twinport
Posted: Oct 18, 2021
Whining noise from engine or transmission

Whining noise from engine or transmission, gets worse as engine warms up..

2009 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 petrol
Posted: Aug 8, 2021
Car dies

I have an intermittent fault where my car dies at low speeds without warning but starts again after a few minutes i have found there is a recall for issue with chafing wire harness to transmission whi...

2013 Vauxhall Meriva 1.4
Posted: Jul 4, 2021
Engine has been replaced on 2011 vivaro battery new and fuses ok. dash shows low oil pressure and will not run continuous

after replacement of engine the electrical system faults show low oil pressure but seems more likely that wiring has developed a fault during works to vehicle

2011 Vauxhall Vivaro Vauxhall vivaro /renault engine mr786
Posted: Apr 11, 2021
A very loud ticking engine. It sounds a bit like a sewing machine.

Hi All on my Corsa 2015, 1.2 I’ve been having this loud ticking noise when the engine is on. It gets heavier as I accelerate. It’s done 53k. The noise started recently after water pump replaceme...

2015 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2
Posted: Oct 29, 2020
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