A stretched timing chain can affect both valve and ignition timing. If the wear is severe and the chain jumps timing, the engine may run rough and/or possibly backfire but why 15 minutes?
I'll suspect a bad catalytic converter.
Raise the car, using a soft hammer tape on it, listen for any rattling noise.
Or check intake vacuum at idle. If intake vacuum reads low and continues to drop, inspect the exhaust system.
Saturday, March 13th, 2010 AT 8:45 PM