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TD5 Timing Chain replacement


Andy J
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Hi,

im curious to know if anyone has experience of changing a timing chain on a TD5 engine? Im not even sure how often it should be replaced, im just going on my experience of belts for the 200/300Tdi's and assuming its the same interval. It looks like you have to drop the oil sump as part of the process - is this so?

Is it a job that a mere mortal can do?

Thanks

Andy

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There is no set replacement interval AFAIK - just "when it is knackered"! I have seen a couple of Td5 engines with over 150k on them and no apparent problems in this department.

So as a rule, do chains generally have a longer lifespan than belts? Also, will i be able to tell it is knackered, before it breaks and ruins the engine, when the time comes?

Im completely oblivious to the pro's/con's of a chain belt but im starting to get the feeling it should last longer (yes/no)?

Thanks

Andy

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