Turns out the chain didn't break, but the gear is messed up, with teeth broken off. The mechanic is replacing the set (timing chain and gear, all metal as it already was) changing the oil which may have gotten the debris from the teeth breaking and replacing the water pump, which he talked me into being that the old one was already off and it's silly to put back on when they would put a new one. 150 parts, 5 hours labor. I guess that's fair? Anyway, thanks for answering you guys. Now, what would strip the gear like that in the first place? Just being old/wear and tear? Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember my dad saying that if you crank the starter accidentally, like when you have music on too loud and you think it didnt turn over but it actually already did, you could strip that gear. Is that true?
Friday, July 5th, 2013 AT 10:51 AM