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Timing Chain Play?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 91GMCSuburban, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. 91GMCSuburban

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    Need to know the amount of play a timing chain should have as installed?
     
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    Not sure of the actual measurement, and I couldnt find it for you anywhere. I just know it by feel. There should be slight movement side to side if you move it with your hand. Overall it should be fairly tight, using a slight amount of pressure to move. Kinda hard to explain, try telling us how much play you have and we will go from there.
     
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    If you have it apart, just replace it. Timing chains are $20, it's not worth it not to change it.
     
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    My mechanic said that there was between 15 and 20 degrees of play. And to him, this was just fine. Just looking for a second opinion.
     
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    Why wouldn't you change it if you're in there?
     
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    Cost. If I can save the money and put it into the engine I am building... He quoted me $250 to change the chain. Because of this, I wanted him to check it first.
     
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    That is an outragous price assuming he already has access to it. I would change it anyway since they are cheap, it should only take him 10 minutes to do if he already has access to it.
     
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    Every chevy motor I've owned needed(and got)a new timing chain and gears--mostly due to the junk nylon toothed cam gear--if your motor has that style gear,get rid of it--all of my motors had the nylon teeth stuck in the oil pump screen,and more than 1 tooth probably made it into the pump.I did the timing chain and gears in the 305 I put in my 79 C10 due to this,and a new oil pump and drivshaft(steel sleeve instead of the plastic POS factory one),it only cost 22 bucks for Cloyes timing chain and gears,12.99 for a stock melling oil pump,5.99 for the driveshaft/steel coollar dewhickey at autozone--well worth it to me for peice of mind on the highway--and I am the cheapest &(^$$ there is /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif--some things you just shouldnt skimp on! /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
    I agree 250 bucks is a lot of cash to put the chain and gears on--even if it meant pulling the radiator and water pump and timing cover,its still pretty steep,unless its in a van or a really difficult truck to work on.... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     

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