This only occurs if you have single row timing chain... just take your oil
cap off and you can see the timing chain, if it is like a bicycle chain,
it's a single row chain.
60K miles is kinda low for the chain to break. Are you sure the odometer is
MB has recommended that all single row timing chain be converted to double
row since 1984.
At an old hole in the wall I used to work, the boss taught me how to change
the timing chain on one of these motors in a very shadetree manner, but very
easy as well. I watched two of them done this way and the third, i
If the chain is still intact, you remove the chain tensioner first. Then
you break a link of the timing chain with a link-breaker. Put yourself a
master link in there to connect the new chain to the old chain. Roll the
engine around with a ratchet on the crank until all of the old chain has
been rolled out of the engine. Try to keep the chain taut throughout this
operation (hah!). Remove the old chain and connect the ends of the new
timing chain. Thinking back on this method, it's really amazing we didn't
damage the engines further. The old chain is slack, so basically all we did
was roll a new chain in and possibly kept the cams out of time. If you try
this method (cheapo method), make sure your chain guides are not broken and
that your cams are in time after the operation....
Why did i tell you this?
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