I believe the chain on the 2.6 engine is quite short, and possibly less
stressed (if that makes sense!) and as a result it tends to last longer than
the V8 timing-chain.
I have a 260E, with the 2.6-litre six cylinder engine, and the chain in that
has never been changed and it has covered 162,000 miles. When it was
checked, the chain exhibited hardly any wear at all. It's a duplex chain,
but I seem to remember that that some early sixes were fitted with a
simplex, single-row chain, and these are more prone to failure and should be
changed for the duplex type.
I don't see any need to change the chain on the 260E, but I changed my 500SE
V8 chain at 120,000 miles, and it was worn enough to ratlle on start-up,
even though the car had been serviced by a main dealer since new, with
correct lubrication, etc.
Al Bolton, G4VSQ
1988 260E FOR SALE
The chains really last, 230 TE -90 540 000 km, valve cover never opened.
No rattles, no tappings, still runs perfect. -89 was the first year this
engine had no top problems and -91 it was discontinued :-(
Harri Markkula wrote:
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