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Old 11-13-2018, 01:37 AM   #1
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Devil Timing Chains!

I've got a 70k mile 2001 manual SL in my hands right now and I have some questions about the timing chain. I know this is an interference engine like most and timing chain breakage would be devastating. In fact, we recently had TWO Nissan Sentra's break their chains in our family (Giving credit one was at 200k miles and one was at over 300k) and I was curious to see how well they hold up in our cars. Is there a specific manufacturer that makes these chains and are they top quality or "meh"? Any particular issues with the 1.9L SOHC chains? Thanks!

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Old 11-13-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Timing Chains!

I would not rush to replace the timing chain until the motor is ready for rebuild. The S Series has a good chain and oiling system. I replaced mine at 200K, and many have made it much further on their original. As long as your guides are not worn, you are good to go.

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Old 11-13-2018, 10:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Timing Chains!

The OEM chains are top quality.

Very rare that there are issues before 200~300k unless the engine oil has been neglected. I had to change mine on my '98 at 102k because it was making the timing chain death rattle (tapping that varied with rpms, sounds like a tiny diesel engine).

Then I put another 100k miles on it with no issues.

I don't know if the odometer picture in post 19 will show up or not, but this is a Saturn on the original chain (back in 2011, so I'm sure the owner is over 1m miles now)

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=164306 post 19


Luke hit well over 600k on his SL1 before retiring the car. Original timing chain, and original rear brakes.

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Old 11-13-2018, 07:15 PM   #4
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I'm at 453,000km, original chain, always on synthetic oil from new. Engine sounds as good as new.

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Old 11-14-2018, 12:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Timing Chains!

Took off the valve cover to replace on of the gaskets for the bolts (doing all of them anyway at this point). I have some pics I will post on a separate thread pertaining the condition of some components. I have questions...

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