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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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Reparatursatz Zwischenwelle Zwischenwellenlager PORSCHE 996 Boxster (986)

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Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Fuer_Oe_Nummer: 996 105 017 02
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
64376071: 313 09 926 03 22
Verwendung: Zwischenwelle
64375668: Werkzeugsatz für die Montage finden Sie in unserem Sortiment
Material: Chrom-Molybdänstahl
434,95 EUR

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

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part number: J1198003
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Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 120
101,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Steuerkettensatz NISSAN Cabstar Pathfinder II 2.5 dCi

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part number: J1191015
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Kettenausfuehrung: Duplex
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 92
376,95 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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Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 56
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
62,95 EUR

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Spannschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE Cayenne 9PA S 4.5 + Turbo / S 4.5 94810506502

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Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: 25607
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
63,95 EUR

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FAI Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad BMW 1er F20 F21 3er E90-93 F30 5er für N47 4 Zyl. DIESEL

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part number: TCK133C
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Mengeneinheit: Stück
Kettenausfuehrung: Bolzenkette
Steuerkettenmasse: G53HRNG-1;G68HS-8
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: mit Stahlflex Bremsschläuchen
Einbauseite: unten
Ausstattungsvariante: OP Chain G67HR
145,95 EUR

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FEBI BILSTEIN Steuerkettensatz 30334 + Schraubensatz 33845 für BMW N42 N46

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part number: 30334, 33845
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  • 1x Timing Chain Kit Piece - FEBI BILSTEIN 30334
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87,95 EUR

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176,95 EUR

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Steuerkette OPEL Adam Astra G H J Insignia A Mokka 1.0 1.2 1.4 bis 140 PS 637241

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instead of 56,43 EUR 28,95 EUR

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

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part number: J1193002
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257,95 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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part number: TCK129WO
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Kettenausfuehrung: Bolzenkette
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: ohne Zahnrad
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Gleitschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE 996 997 GT3 / Turbo / GT2 rechts 99610516670

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part number: 21260
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38,95 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.