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Old 07-10-2005, 22:02   #1 (permalink)
Chuck
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Lifespan of timing chain for 96 coupe 3.8?

I've got a '96 mustang coupe.... Oil changed every 3'000. Mostly
highway driving.. Currently have 142,000 miles..

How many miles does the timing chain usually last? Chain is not making
any noise.. Just concerned due to mileage... Should I be?
Thanks
Chuck
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Old 07-10-2005, 22:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Lifespan of timing chain for 96 coupe 3.8?



Chuck wrote:
> I've got a '96 mustang coupe.... Oil changed every 3'000. Mostly
> highway driving.. Currently have 142,000 miles..
>
> How many miles does the timing chain usually last? Chain is not making
> any noise.. Just concerned due to mileage... Should I be?
> Thanks
> Chuck


FWIW, I've got an '88 3.8 Cougar with over 300K miles on it. Valve
covers, oil pan and timing chain have not been touched. I guess the
only way to have peace of mind is to change it, but I'd run it until it
dies.

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Old 07-10-2005, 22:02   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Lifespan of timing chain for 96 coupe 3.8?

Chuck wrote:
> I've got a '96 mustang coupe.... Oil changed every 3'000. Mostly
> highway driving.. Currently have 142,000 miles..
>
> How many miles does the timing chain usually last? Chain is not making
> any noise.. Just concerned due to mileage... Should I be?
> Thanks
> Chuck



There is no service interval for the timing chain. You change it when
it breaks (a VERY uncommon failure). Nothing to worry about if you've
done regular oil changes.

Cheers,

C
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Old 07-11-2005, 18:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Lifespan of timing chain for 96 coupe 3.8?

On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 21:33:21 -0400, Ritz <ritz@mordor.net> wrote:

>Chuck wrote:
>> I've got a '96 mustang coupe.... Oil changed every 3'000. Mostly
>> highway driving.. Currently have 142,000 miles..
>>
>> How many miles does the timing chain usually last? Chain is not making
>> any noise.. Just concerned due to mileage... Should I be?
>> Thanks
>> Chuck

>
>
>There is no service interval for the timing chain. You change it when
>it breaks (a VERY uncommon failure). Nothing to worry about if you've
>done regular oil changes.
>
>Cheers,
>
>C

Thanks for the feedback.... I'll let 'er ride for now
Chuck
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