Land Rover Timing Chain Replacement
The Land Rover timing chain is a crucial internal engine part that can cause big headaches for you when things go South with it. The timing chain has the important job of keeping the crankshaft and the camshaft rotating in sync. Under the timing cover of the engine there are several guides and tensioners working to keep the timing chain under the proper tension thus allowing for our smooth and quiet engine that we enjoy. When an engine is running in time the intake and exhaust valves on each one of its cylinders are opening and closing in perfect time and your engine is idling smoothly, purring like a kitten. All is well and life is good.
Time and miles take a toll on engine parts. Too few oil changes or prolonged periods between oil changes that exceed the manufacturer’s guidelines can lead to premature failure. Oil becomes gummy and starts to buildup on internal engine parts. This can cause the nylon Land Rover timing chain guides to wear down. The timing chain tensioners try to take up the slack but eventually the wear becomes to excessive. The chain becomes loose and starts to slap on start-up and idle. At first the noise will go away in a few seconds as the oil pressure builds. Eventually, however, our fine-tuned purring machine starts to sound like the car in Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. If left to its own devise the noise will become more pronounced, valve timing will lose sync, idle will become rough, pitching/bucking/jerking are next. If the metal timing chain breaks serious damage to the engine is inevitable. Let’s not go there!