i know my timing chain is my major problem. the car stalled on me and will not start. what other damage could of been caused by my timing chain tensioner being loose or parts being broken within? water/coolent in the gas or oil? other posable damage to car parts from the chain?
timing chain... on 1990 Nissan 240SX
by Visitor in Riverside, CA on November 27, 2010
ANSWER by Superbob on November 28, 2010
A failed timing chain most likely has caused damage to the engine valves at the very least. it's possible to do a great deal of damage to an engine when the chain fails. I don't see how it would cause coolant to get in the fuel but it's possible to break enough parts to allow coolant to get in the oil. If you have coolant in the oil that's very bad news. I suggest considering getting a guaranteed used engine for your car, it's possible the engine isn't salvagable or the cost of repairing it is greater than the car's value. Find a Nissan specialist for an estimate, phone first before towing your car. Discuss the possibilities with him before doing anything else. Here's a directory link for you: http://repairpal.com/directory?address=92505&car_brand_names=Nissan
Regular maintenance is recommended to avoid timing chain failure. Rattles may develop in higher mileage vehicles. Regular oil changes will help reduce the incidence of this problem.
how to fix timing chian on a 1991 nissan 240sx