Originally Posted by jonk
When I rang the fella at the service desk this arvo, I said 'chain' and he said "No, it's a belt".
Damn! I knew I was right.
Well the Fairlane has done 100 thou', so is my guess about it being changed correct?
The chain only requires changing if it is noisy or slipped a tooth.
Chains don't give much trouble, but they do require a good clean supply of oil to stop wear.
The chain is helped with a series of 'chain' guides and a tensioner, these items are normally replaced with the chain.
Most manufaturers went away from chains because belts were quieter & easier to replace.
But recently metal, oil, engineering and design tecnology has changed to such an extent, that manufacturers are now going back to chains.
They can build engines with chains that are as quiet as engines with timing belts, with the added benefit of never having to change it.
As long as you have kept up with your oil changes and used a good quality oil, the timing chain will last as long as the rest of your motor.
Also remember; when starting a cold engine do not rev it, let the ECU control the throttle. Then drive off sensibly until the engine has reach Normal Operating Temperature.
This way all the mechanical parts of your car will last and last and last....