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Is it ok to have a slight bit of play on one side of the timing chain of a 93 S10 pickup?


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2004-10-06 12:47:34
2004-10-06 12:47:34

Yes. That is normal.

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Timing chain assemblies don't give out like they used to back in the 60's and 70's when they used plastic coated aluminum sprockets. You could check for excessive play in the chain by moving the vibration damper back and forth by hand to determine how much slop there is in the chain (engine off of course). A little play is normal. If the chain jumped and you were somehow able to get the engine to run it would be powerless. A compression test would yield poor results across the board.


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