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Old 04 Apr 2007, 05:04 pm
George Orwell
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Default Lose your timing belt, lose your engine

Watch out! Many Japanese products use timing belts with non-free running
(interference) engines. When, not if, the belt skips or breaks, your
engine and $8,000 is gone. Even if you get through the warranty period,
the resale takes a big hit because the word has got around.

Auto makers, heed this warning. The public knows gear, shaft, or chain
driven single or double OHC engines are are safe design. Timing belt driven
setups are not.

Suzuki is an exception. Their cars are okay.

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Old 04 Apr 2007, 05:22 pm
Jeff
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"George Orwell" <nobody@mixmaster.it> wrote in message
news:ec813952b460ac615bc8b58fc606cd73@mixmaster.it ...
> Watch out! Many Japanese products use timing belts with non-free running
> (interference) engines. When, not if, the belt skips or breaks, your
> engine and $8,000 is gone. Even if you get through the warranty period,
> the resale takes a big hit because the word has got around.


Really? Japanese cars still have high resale values compared to their
American competitors.

> Auto makers, heed this warning. The public knows gear, shaft, or chain
> driven single or double OHC engines are are safe design. Timing belt
> driven
> setups are not.


Really, now? Most members of the general public don't even know what a
timing belt is.

> Suzuki is an exception. Their cars are okay.


Yeah, like you know.

Jeff

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Old 04 Apr 2007, 05:32 pm
frederick
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Default Re: Lose your timing belt, lose your engine

Jeff wrote:
>
> "George Orwell" <nobody@mixmaster.it> wrote in message
> news:ec813952b460ac615bc8b58fc606cd73@mixmaster.it ...
>> Watch out! Many Japanese products use timing belts with non-free running
>> (interference) engines. When, not if, the belt skips or breaks, your
>> engine and $8,000 is gone. Even if you get through the warranty period,
>> the resale takes a big hit because the word has got around.

>
> Really? Japanese cars still have high resale values compared to their
> American competitors.
>
>> Auto makers, heed this warning. The public knows gear, shaft, or chain
>> driven single or double OHC engines are are safe design. Timing belt
>> driven
>> setups are not.

>
> Really, now? Most members of the general public don't even know what a
> timing belt is.
>
>> Suzuki is an exception. Their cars are okay.

>
> Yeah, like you know.
>

Like it's not trolling to multiple post this in honda, toyota, nissan
forums...
Kind of like the number of post mid 90's model 4 cyl. Nissans offered
for sale on web auctions here, where the owners claim that the timing
belt has just been replaced...
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Old 04 Apr 2007, 06:43 pm
Stewart DIBBS
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"George Orwell" <nobody@mixmaster.it> wrote in message
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> uninformed and never-the-less opinionated troll crap deleted ...
> ... double OHC engines are safe design.


Since when does a DOHC engine HAVE be a non-interferance design? Also since
when does a timing chain solve the "problems" with belts? Ever heard of
timing chain chatter?

SD


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Old 04 Apr 2007, 06:43 pm
MAT
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What happens with a stretched or broken timing chain? I have 110k miles on
2002 K20A3 and I had belted Honda before this. Still runs great and I guess
it was kinda cool I didn't have to do or pay for the timing belt service.
What's the downside and eventual maintenance of timing chain?


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Old 04 Apr 2007, 06:54 pm
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"MAT" <marcoat*RM_@SPAM_*hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> What happens with a stretched or broken timing chain?


First the chain wears ie gets slightly longer, and the cam + drive gear
teeth get worn as well. The chain starts to chatter, and the valve timing
goes off a bit. Timing chains seldom if ever break unless the lubrication
system fails, at which point the chain gets REALLY noisy. If left long
enough, the lubrication failure may affect the cam bearings or even main or
big ends. I've never seen a chain break on the old BMC A and B series, Ford
Cortina 1500/1600 engines and an E-type Jag engine I worked on years ago.
Just about everything else let go, but not the chain ...

An severely overreved engine would sometimes stretch the chain and throw the
valve timing really off.

SD


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Old 04 Apr 2007, 07:17 pm
Moe
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Default Re: Lose your timing belt, lose your engine

George Orwell wrote:
> Watch out! Many Japanese products use timing belts with non-free running
> (interference) engines. When, not if, the belt skips or breaks, your
> engine and $8,000 is gone. Even if you get through the warranty period,
> the resale takes a big hit because the word has got around.
>
> Auto makers, heed this warning. The public knows gear, shaft, or chain
> driven single or double OHC engines are are safe design. Timing belt driven
> setups are not.
>
> Suzuki is an exception. Their cars are okay.
>

6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other. I've had a timing gear fail, I've
had chains fail, I've had timing belts fail. I kinda prefer the
timing belts all in all, quieter, better valve timing. I've never seen
a chevy V8 that didn't have a lot of slack in the timing chain after 80K
miles.
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Old 04 Apr 2007, 10:49 pm
jim beam
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Default Re: Lose your timing belt, lose your engine

George Orwell wrote:
> Watch out! Many Japanese products use timing belts with non-free running
> (interference) engines. When, not if, the belt skips or breaks, your
> engine and $8,000 is gone. Even if you get through the warranty period,
> the resale takes a big hit because the word has got around.
>
> Auto makers, heed this warning. The public knows gear, shaft, or chain
> driven single or double OHC engines are are safe design. Timing belt driven
> setups are not.
>
> Suzuki is an exception. Their cars are okay.
>

troll.
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Old 04 Apr 2007, 10:54 pm
jim beam
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Default Re: Lose your timing belt, lose your engine

MAT wrote:
> What happens with a stretched or broken timing chain? I have 110k miles on
> 2002 K20A3 and I had belted Honda before this. Still runs great and I guess
> it was kinda cool I didn't have to do or pay for the timing belt service.
> What's the downside and eventual maintenance of timing chain?
>
>

#1 problem is chain stretch - that leads to cam timing issues and noise.
belts are quiet, highly reliable within their stated mileage limit,
and don't stretch. long term, you'll get more out of a well maintained
belted engine than what is basically supposed to be an unmaintained
chain engine.
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Old 04 Apr 2007, 10:54 pm
Hachiroku ハチロク
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On Wed, 04 Apr 2007 19:43:14 -0400, Stewart DIBBS wrote:

>
> "George Orwell" <nobody@mixmaster.it> wrote in message
> news:ec813952b460ac615bc8b58fc606cd73@mixmaster.it ...
>> uninformed and never-the-less opinionated troll crap deleted ... ...
>> double OHC engines are safe design.

>
> Since when does a DOHC engine HAVE be a non-interferance design? Also
> since when does a timing chain solve the "problems" with belts? Ever heard
> of timing chain chatter?
>
> SD



Almost all the Toyota DOHC engines are Non-Interference. Most Toyotas now
have DOHC engines, and I believe they are all chains now.

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