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Unread 10-17-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Timing chain, dauntless V6

I know I will get plenty of different opinions on this question, but here it goes,
I was told that the timing chain should last the life of the engine and should not be changed unless you develop a leak in the cover. Is this true?

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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Not on the Dauntless. The factory gears are/were nylon on metal and prone to crumble. I'd be pretty surprised if original gears were still in a running engine 42 years after the last ones left the factory. It's not a terrible job to replace them, just get a service manual and follow directions.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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I can not really see the gears, however, looking through the opening of the fuel pump I can feel that the chain has some slack. The engine is out on a stand so I wanted to change it but haven't done this before.
How hard is it?
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Unread 10-29-2013, 07:10 AM   #4
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It's not that difficult. Get a manual (Chilton or like) and go at it.
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