Question Asked: When is it necessary to replace the timing chain?
November 22, 2010, 12:35 PM
The car began making a faint clicking sound about two or three weeks ago, and it has gotten a little louder, on and off. Took it to a family member/mechanic who is out of work and needs the money. He looked into the car, placed his stethoscope and was "fairly certain" it is the timing chain, and that he will have to spend about 11 hours digging into the vehicle to replace the chain--which isn't exactly inexpensive either. I'm wondering:
1) is this car safe to drive and for how long? or should I not drive it at all?
2) does it sound like it is definitively the timing chain? Could it be something else?
3) Could the fact that it was towed behind an RV around the US for several cross-country trips have anything to do with it?
4) could the fact that it was once towed for 15-20 feet or more in PARK (just found that one out) have anything to do with this (even though that happened two years ago)
5) should a mechanic who has never worked on a Suzuki (mostly Chevys, etc) even try to tackle this?
Thanks so much!
Problem Reported: Timing Chain Tensioner May Fail
November 15, 2010, 09:56 AM
An abnormal noise may develop from the timing chain due to a failed chain tensioner. This condition is generally caused by lack of oil to the timing chain guides. Suzuki may repair this condition free of charge if proper oil changes can be verified. A Rattling Type Noise May be Noted From The Front of the Engine