The replacement of a timing chain isn't a "Tune-up" item, but when the manufacture recommends it be "Replaced" at 60,000 miles, but your engine has 94,000 miles on it without ever having "Replaced" it, then you're asking for trouble!
There's no doubt that a 94,000 mile timing chain will have wear, but even if it's not stretched enough to cause valve timing issues "yet", when will it fail completely? Do you have a crystal ball?
And if it does fail, you'll wish you had "Replaced" it like the manufacturer recommended. Because it will send a piston traveling at several hundred feet per second into an valve head and destroy your entire motor.
And finally, do you ever notice how people who love their cars spend a little extra money and sweat in taking care of it? And how their cars look and perform like new even 20-30 years later?
Compare those people to the ones who just get in their cars and drive without paying much attention to what the car needs. They are the one's driving down the street belching black smoke out of exhaust pipes that're dragging on the ground.
Thursday, January 14th, 2010 AT 1:15 PM