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Is The Cam Drive Belt Or Chain?

Discussion in 'Elio Drivetrain' started by Sephord, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. McBrew

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    But your computer does have a keyboard, right? :p


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    The free valve system is pretty cool, but as you know, Elio is keep my away from new technology for now.

    My FIAT has an interesting valve system, too - "multi-air". There is a camshaft, but it just pressurizes engine oil, and then actuators can send that pressurized oil to the valves to open them. It can open the intake valves later, close them earlier, or open them more than once per intake stroke.

    I'll even include a link!


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    When I wrote that "No link" I was (just like now) on my tablet.
    No, it has the touch screen keyboard and no mouse running Android OS and browsing is not it's strong point.
     
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    Ok so i'am not good at adding links but will try
     
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    wow i done it. The way they do a way with the pre catalytic converter got me.
     
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    No, no, no, no, no! An overhead cam chain is far less costly to replace if you are smart and careful. There is no reason to remove the timing case. Simply use the old chain to pull the new chain through. Split the old chain at a convenient location such as the camshaft pulley, placing rags to prevent loose links and such from falling into the engine. Attach the new chain to the trailing link of the old chain with the new master link. Turn the engine slowly with a wrench on the crankshaft (do not use the starter!), as a helper guides the new chain in. When the leading link of the new chain comes all the way around, remove the old chain completely and use the new master link to join the two new ends. Turn the engine through several times with the wrench to make sure there is no interference, check the timing and you're done! Of course this only works if the old chain is intact. If not, removing the timing case is the least of the problems. Also, chain tensioners are usually hydraulic, not spring loaded like belt tensioners. They rarely require replacement and typically don't require removal of the timing case either if they do. This is from many years of experience as a MB tech. Now you know why I much prefer timing chains to the failed timing belt experiment of the '90s! I really hope Elio Motors doesn't go cheap here.
     
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  7. W. WIllie

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    Wait...I don't think I've ever seen a "linked" timing chain. On ALL chains the weakest point is the "master link".
    Got a link somewhere for your information.
     
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    IIRC the reason MB timing chains have a master link is because MB recommends replacement of the chains at a specific interval. As low as 100k on some engines. There are also special tools that install over the cam sprockets to keep the chain from jumping the teeth as it is pulled through with no tension on it. Fredio is correct that this by far the easiest way to replace the chain if you have the special tools. If not it requires the diligence and patience of those who disarm bombs for a living.
     
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    Every chain I replaced had a spring tensioner and required removal of the front timing cover.
     
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    I have to admit though... I didn't think about removing links. I've always put them on from the front but that's because of the tensioner more than anything else.
     

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