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How to set the timing chain for a 1995 sl2?


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Answered 2007-09-14 01:38:04

I am assuming you already have the timing chain off the vehicle, and you are looking for the timing marks. if not, please note, there is no manual adjustment on the timing chain. I have included a picture of the correct timing placement on my website under Timing Chain. I hope this helps you.


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You are correct that the SL2 uses a timing chain. However, since it uses a timing chain it does not need to be replaced as does the timing BELT. In general, a timing chain should last the life of the engine.

The Saturn sl2 does not have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. And under most conditions it does not need replacing.

It does not work because it has a timing chain instead.

The 4 cylinder Saturn's all had timing chains.

Timing BELTS are outside the engine, run dry, and have no external lubrication. Timing BELTS should be replaced according to the manufacturers schedule. But the SL2 is not equipped with a timing belt, it uses a timing chain. Timing chains are internal, well lubricated, and designed to last as long as the rest of the engine. You shouldn't need to replace the timing chain until you rebuild the engine.

It's under the front housing. You need to take the front pulley and everything that's in the way, THEN you can get to the timing chain.

the chain keeps the camshaft/valves in time with the crankshaft in order for combustion to take place

No. There is no adjustment. The timing chain tensioner is an oil pressure driven device that adjusts the chain tension as needed. It is located on the pivot guide behind the timing chain cover.

No such thing as a timing chain belt. It is either a belt or chain. Replace the belt according to the schedule in your owner's manual. If it breaks and your engine is an interference engine, you will 95% of the time have damage. You will know the extent of the damage when the engine is torn down. The 1992 SL2 has a timing chain. Mine has 240,000 miles on it and is still running fine.

you have to remove the valve cover , the oil pan and the front timing cover. Then line up all the timing marks and remove the tensioners and guides then remove the cam gears and the chain

timing cannot be altered. It is done by the PCM I think he/she meant the timing marks for the chain. No car today can have the time adjusted mechanically. You need a book for that. Go to the library if you don't find it here. in the internet

No, there is no timing belt on any of the the 4 cylinder Saturns, they all use an internal timing chain.

This proceedure is covered in the chiltons Saturn book available at auto zone and ect.

Unless you have other problems, you should only need to change the timing chain whenever you rebuild the engine or remove the head or have other needs to take the front off the engine.

Get a service manual. Removal of the timing chain cover and head is needed first.

A timing chain typically doesn't need to be replaced until you tear down the engine for a rebuild. Unlike a timing belt, which is operated dry, the timing belt is in an oil bath and will last much longer. If your engine needs a valve job, rings, oil pump or any other components that require a "tear-down", that would be the right time to replace the timing chain, sprockets and chain tensioning rails.

That would be never. All s-series have timing chains. (chain will stretch and get noisy if car oil not checked and changed on regular basis)

I've never heard of a timing chain that needed replacing unless there was a serious problem with the engine... I could be wrong. Timing chains do on occasion need replacement. But the difference in a chain and a belt, is that the chain will give you warning of it's immanent failure. The will become noisy, and the engine may become hard to time. Normally a chain will last 150,000-200,000 miles, or even more.

There is no scheduled maintenance on replacing the chain. It will normally last until the engine needs an overhaul. However if it starts making noise, and you cannot keep the engine timed, the chain may need replacing.

you can't : On the '97 Twin cam engine the cam chain tensioner depends on oil pressure. I had a problem that with 200,000 miles the chain had stretched farther than the tensioner could handle and had to replace the cam chain.

The SL2 series used a 4 cylinder, dual overhead cam engine with a timing CHAIN that did not need replacing until the head was removed. You DO, however, need to properly maintain the serpentine belt, which drives the alternator, power steering, AC, and water pump. Don't let THAT belt break, since the engine will overheat quickly and can damage the head gasket. But... you don't need to worry about the timing belt, since there isn't one. The timing chain is INTERNAL, and is constantly lubricated, making it last much longer than a timing belt.

Saturn does not recommend changing the timing chain at any mileage. If fact I owned a 96 SL2 that went 240,000 miles and never had the timing chain changed. When I later pulled the engine apart I found the timing chain to still be very tight and it showed no signs of ware. Also read this... "It needs to be changed if it has excessive slack in it. Usually this is indicated by a noise that can be heard at idle and felt in the valve cover. It usually doesn't go away with increased speed. If you replace the chain, I'd also recommend changing the tensioner."

The timing chain on your Saturn is self adjusting. If it gets to the point that the self adjusting mechanism is no longer working, your engine is probably worn to the point that you need a little internal work; valves, pistons/rings, bore the cylinder, bearings... The timing chain shouldn't stretch and the adjuster rails shouldn't wear much faster than the other components if the engine has been properly maintained.

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