2003 Pontiac Grand Am Q&A
2003 Pontiac Grand Am Question: Timing chain broke and all the valves are bent, do I need a new engine?
My grand am was making a ticking noise when it was started in the morning and then stopped after a couple of minutes for a couple of days. One afternoon, after the car had been driven and was warmed up, I stopped for gas. When I restarted the car it made a loud clacking noise. I checked the oil and it was almost a quart low and I added oil. (I had just checked the oil the week prior and it was okay) I started the car, let it run a little while hoping the oil would help, but the noise did not go away. Mechanic is telling me the timing chain is broke and it bent all the valves and it needs a new engine. Does this sound right? - dcind
How did you get the car to the mechanic? Would it run when he looked at it? How many miles on the car? You said you started the car after adding oil, what happened from that time on? - pushrod
Answer wetrys' question and this---------Do you trust the shop you brought it to? They have the edge on us because they see it first-hand. - ziptie12
Agree with ziptie, if you trust them, they are probably telling you the truth. Timing chains break and if you keep driving the engine gets pretty much chewed up. - csubak30
Broken timing chain = no start...I would think that there is something that broke loose and or gotten loose in your engine. - your.mechanic