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The control chain - the right drive is what counts!


The timing chain is one of the most important components for the engine control system. If it should break down, it can lead to a very expensive engine damage. For this reason, it is important not to simply use the cheapest chain set, but to focus on high quality. In our shop you will find only high quality branded goods, which are made of durable materials and thus ensure perfect performance in the engine control. In the lower area we inform you in more detail about the construction and the function of a timing chain, what has to be observed for maintenance and care and how damage can be detected.

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IWIS Steuerkette Nockenwelle PORSCHE 911 Targa Cabrio + 964 993 996 99310552900

DUPLEX | Anzahl Kettenglieder 98

Item No.: A09313W186
Manufacturer: IWIS Ketten
part number: 50031696
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 98
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
38,95 EUR

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Gleitschiene Steuerkette Set PORSCHE 911 964 Carrera / Turbo + 911 993 Carrera 96410504302

Item No.: PKT862W576
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Delivery:

  • 2x Tensioner Guide, timing chain Piece - 964 105 043 02
  • 1x Guides, timing chain Piece - 964 105 030 00
  • 1x Guides, timing chain Piece - 964 105 029 00
184,95 EUR

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2x INA Kettenspanner Spanner Steuerkette Set PORSCHE 911 964 links + rechts 96410507900

entspricht PORSCHE: 964 105 079 00 + 964 105 080 00

Item No.: PKT362W505
Manufacturer: INA
part number: 551 0007 10, 551 0005 10
Delivery:

  • 1x Tensioner, timing chain Piece - INA 551 0007 10
  • 1x Tensioner, timing chain Piece - INA 551 0005 10
147,95 EUR

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FAI TCK87VVT Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad AUDI A3 Golf 5 Touran Octavia 2 1.4 TSI 1.6 FSI

auch für Golf Plus + Jetta 3

Item No.: UNI003W134
Manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK87VVT
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Kettenausfuehrung: Kette geräuscharm
64375630: OCV011 x 1
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Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
224,95 EUR

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INA Kettenspanner Spanner Steuerkette MERCEDES A B C CLA CLS E GLA GLE M

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Manufacturer: INA
part number: 551 0186 10
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Verwendung: Steuerkette
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Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
47,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Steuerkettensatz CHEVROLET FIAT ALFA ROMEO FORD LANCIA OPEL 1.3D

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J1198003
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Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 120
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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101,95 EUR

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Kettenspanner Spanner Steuerkette OPEL 1.2/1.4 A12XEL A14XEL A14NEL A14XER A14NET 636059

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Item No.: A16013W922
Manufacturer: OPEL
part number: 55562235
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
instead of 76,06 EUR 31,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Steuerkettensatz für TOYOTA PREVIA (TCR2_ TCR1_) 2.4 132 PS

für Fahrzeuge ab Baujahr 10.1990 bis 01.1994

Item No.: UNI633W477
Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J1192011
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 102
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
141,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Steuerkettensatz für MAZDA 3 (BK) 5 (CR19) 6 (GG GY) MX-5

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J1193002
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 54
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Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
257,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Steuerkettensatz für TOYOTA COROLLA (E7) LITEACE STARLET

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J1192010
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Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 56
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62,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS J1194001 Steuerkettensatz HONDA Civic 9 8 1.4 Jazz 3 1.2-1.4

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J1194001
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Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 126
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176,95 EUR

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FAI Steuerkettensatz BMW 1er F20 114-118i MINI Clubman Cabrio CITROEN C3 Berlingo 1.4 1.6

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Manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK129WO
???item.ean.code???: 5027049304802
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: ohne Zahnrad
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed
Kettenausfuehrung: Bolzenkette
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Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
95,95 EUR

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The task and function of a control chain

The timing chain is responsible for engine control in the four-stroke internal combustion engine. In concrete terms this means: It connects the crankshaft with the camshaft in the cylinder head and thus drives it. The crankshaft rotates twice as fast as the camshaft, which in turn must open and close the intake and exhaust valves of the engine at the right time. The valves ensure the gas exchange from the fuel-air mixture to the exhaust gas. Intake valves allow the air-fuel mixture to enter the combustion chamber, where it ignites and burns. Exhaust valves let the exhaust gas out of the combustion chamber. The combination of crankshaft, timing chain, camshaft and valves creates the synchronous flow in the engine.

Control chain or toothed belt? Where are the differences?

First of all, it can be said that both drive trains have the same task in engine control and can cause great damage in case of failure. A timing belt is inherently quieter and can achieve a higher speed due to its lower weight. It is also more flexible than a timing chain and does not need to be oiled. However, timing belts need to be serviced or replaced more often, as they are mostly made of plastic. The replacement intervals for timing belts are specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

Control chains are more resilient and can withstand high forces. They are virtually maintenance-free and only require regular oiling and retensioning. However, the chain drive makes the car more expensive in production. For this reason, many vehicle manufacturers opt for the timing belt instead of the timing chain. Both drive trains must be checked for wear and tear during inspection. The timing belt only shows optical changes, such as small cracks or breaks in the profile. The timing chain usually makes itself felt acoustically when problems occur.

An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both drive trains for engine control:

toothed beltcontrol chain
Advantages
  • No external tensioner required, tension is via the tensioner pulley
  • Easier replacement, since located outside the motor
  • No lubrication necessary
  • Cheaper and low-noise
  • Longer service life
  • Weaknesses are indicated by noise
  • Higher load capacity
  • More favourable in maintenance
Disadvantages
  • Expensive in maintenance
  • Wearing only visually visible
  • louder in operation
  • Louder in replacement, since located inside the motor

What problems can occur with timing chains and how can you recognize them?

The timing chain therefore drives some units in and on the engine. If the chain breaks, however, the engine is in most cases dead. Lengthening of the chain set can also lead to engine damage, as the chain then jumps (skips) over the sprockets of the gear wheel. The result is that the valve timing is no longer correct, the engine does not run properly and can be seriously damaged when valves and pistons touch. Rattling noises from the engine compartment after starting or even while driving can be a sign of a worn timing chain and should be taken seriously. If there is any suspicion of damage to the chain drive, the engine must be switched off immediately and a workshop must be contacted!

A workshop can also rule out other causes for the noise, such as an insufficient oil supply or similar. Even though the majority of cars today are equipped with a timing belt, some manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz continue to install timing chains in part or even exclusively. The reason for this is the higher load capacity of this drive train. It is therefore the first choice for vehicles with high performance.

When does a control chain need to be replaced?

All too often it is claimed that a timing chain lasts forever and does not need to be changed. This is not quite true. Often the change interval is between 100.000 - 400.000 km. You can find the exact intervals in your board manual. When buying a used car, you should also pay attention to what has been done with the timing chain in terms of maintenance. It is worth taking a look at the service booklet here.

Please note that the chain tensioner and guiding elements are also wearing parts and can also cause problems. In all cases, an inspection or replacement should only be carried out by experts.

If it should be necessary to replace the timing chain, there are large price differences depending on the motor. The timing chain set itself is generally inexpensive compared to the cost of labour. This is because access to the timing chain is usually very difficult and special tools are required for adjustment and tensioning.

The higher the quality of a timing chain, the longer its service life. For this reason it is worthwhile for the engine control to rely on brand quality. We carry timing chains from well-known manufacturers such as BGA, Febi Bilstein etc. As a special feature, you will also find ready-made sets in which the chain set and the corresponding wear parts are included together. Here you can really save money. If you have any further questions about our products, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service.