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Old 08-19-2002, 22:30   #1 (permalink)
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Timing belt or timing chain?

My bro was in town for the weekend and I drove him around in my ED for the first time. He was saying waht a good car the ED was etc, and letting me know what to expect to go wrong with it.

Now I trust his judgement because he owns two taxi licences. Now... he recons at 100,000km the timing belt will need changing. And secondly he said to watch out for the harmonic balancer.

Ok so the harmonic balancer is no biggy, but the timing belt most certainly is. But I thought the 4L OHC six had a chain driven cam not a belt driven one. Doesn't this mean that it will theoretically not wear out?

Can someone shed osme light on this?? Is it a belt or chain? Will i need to replace it?

The ED has done 119,000kms now. Had 113,000kms when I bought it from a Ford dealer.
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Old 08-19-2002, 23:17   #2 (permalink)
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IT IS A CHAIN!!

I suggest that at around the 200,000km mark, it would be wise to have the chain Guides replaced as they get pretty weak.
Unless there are some major issues that would have caused the chain to be damaged, you will probably never need to replace the thing, however, if you do, an entire kit would be around the $150 mark.
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Looks like the Taxi is a Magna...It's a Chain. Yes they do wear and need to be replaced, use a "trueroller" when you do.
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Ok sweet thats what I thought!! He had a magna or should I say Magnet cause it got arse ended.

He now has two Camry's (its townsville taxis). Its a four cylinder not sure what it has.

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i have a noise coming from the front of my engine when i sit at around 1500 revs. when i pass the range it makes the same noise too. the engine goes rough at the point, and the sounds is metal on metal tapping. im thinking its either valve noise or the timing chain - how hard is it to check if the timing chain is loose, and to adjust the tensioner? anything i should check for?

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THe noise is most certainly your engine. When the engine is running it makes noise. The faster it revs the louder the noise.

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check for rattling things like exhaust heat sheild, get someone to keep the accelerator down at the right speed whil you poke around looking.
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check for rattling things like exhaust heat sheild, get someone to keep the accelerator down at the right speed whil you poke around looking.
Watch out for the fan!
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yeah, I have fallen victim to the EA's timing chain guides, 150 000klms old. Head Gasket went as well. Whats next on the EA Gremlin list? I done the accelerator cable, radiator and thermostat, I reckon the MAP, TPS or O2 sensor will go next :)

And I really hope the gearbox goes with all of them, gives me the big excuse for the Supra 5 speed.
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its not an exterior rattle, i could hear it if it was.
anyone know how to check/adjust the timing chain tension?
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