Do I need to change the timing chains?

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD EXPEDITION
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I changed the head gaskets and got the timing chains lined up and back on. When I spun the motor by hand the right hand side chain is tight but as it moves it gets loose and slaps. I'm guessing this is not normal and timing chains need replacing correct?
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Saturday, March 10th, 2012 AT 4:08 AM

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Tiny
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You are correct. The timing chain has a stretched area in it where it is stretched out longer than the rest of the chain and that is why it tightens and loosens. Sometimes chains needs re-adjustment after turning the motor when putting timing chains on. In fact, this is what should be done to make sure the timing marks still line up after the engine is returned to top dead center on cylinder number one to assure that the chain is on the correct tooth. Do the timing marks still line up when the crank is returned to TDC of the nuber one cylinder? If it is a twin cam one of the cams may need to be moved to line up the timing marks. That is the only thing that could be another possibility. Otherwise the chain does need replacement and it is a good time to do it anyway since you have it apart. Get a timing chain kit which will come with timing chain components like the tensioner and idler puley and good kits will come with a water pump and accesory belts. You can use the search engine on this site to bring up retailers who sell kits. Just look at the links and banners that come up on the page. It is also location optimized and you may find a retailer near you.
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Saturday, March 10th, 2012 AT 4:30 AM

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