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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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Spannschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE 911 996 GT3 / Turbo / GT2 + 997 GT3 99610516571

Item No.: A09313W193
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
35,95 EUR

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Gleitschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE 996 997 GT3 / Turbo / GT2 rechts 99610516670

Item No.: A09313W194
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
37,95 EUR

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IWIS Steuerkette PORSCHE 911 996 3.6 Turbo 4 / Turbo 4S + 3.6 GT2 99610555271

Anzahl Kettenglieder 116

Item No.: A09313W723
Manufacturer: IWIS Ketten
part number: 50034374
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 116
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Mengeneinheit: Stück
77,95 EUR

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IWIS Steuerkette Nockenwelle PORSCHE 911 996 3.4 Carrera Boxster 986 996 99610517752

DUPLEX | Anzahl Kettenglieder 102

Item No.: A09313W718
Manufacturer: IWIS Ketten
part number: 50035791
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 102
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Mengeneinheit: Stück
64,95 EUR

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Gleitschiene Steuerkette für PORSCHE 996 997 GT3 / Turbo / GT2 links 99610516770

Item No.: A09313W195
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
37,95 EUR

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Gleitschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE 911 997 GT3 + Turbo + GT2 rechts 99610503875

Item No.: A09313W192
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
69,95 EUR

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IWIS Steuerkette Ölpumpe PORSCHE 911 996 3.4 Carrera Boxster 986 99610517053

SIMPLEX | Anzahl Kettenglieder 24

Item No.: A09313W716
Manufacturer: IWIS Ketten
part number: 50027067
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 46
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Mengeneinheit: Stück
24,95 EUR

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Gleitschiene Steuerkette PORSCHE 911 997 GT3 + Turbo + GT2 links 99610503775

Item No.: A09313W191
Manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: nicht zutreffend
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
69,95 EUR

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FAI TCK211VVT Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad AUDI A1 VW Touran Golf 5 6 Passat Tiguan 1.4 1.6

auch für SEAT + SKODA | Einschränkung beachten!

Item No.: UNI003W132
Manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK211VVT
EAN-Code: 5027049379824
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Kettenausfuehrung: Kette geräuscharm
64375630: OCV011 x 1
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed
Mengeneinheit: Stück
64374267: mit Dichtungen
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: mit Zahnrad
281,95 EUR

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IWIS Steuerkette Nockenwelle PORSCHE 911 996 3.4 Carrera Boxster 986 99610517155

DUPLEX | Anzahl Kettenglieder 58

Item No.: A09313W717
Manufacturer: IWIS Ketten
part number: 50034371
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 58
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Mengeneinheit: Stück
40,95 EUR

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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad für HYUNDAI i10 i20 KIA RIO III PICANTO 1.2 1.25

OE-Nr. 2443303001

Item No.: UNI013W917
Manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2741FK
EAN-Code: 5038206365079
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 160
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Kettenausfuehrung: Zahnkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: mit Zahnrad
135,95 EUR

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TRUCKTEC Kettenspanner BMW 1er E81 E82 E87 E88 F20 F21 2er F22 F45 3er E90-E93 N47 N57

BMW: 11318586699 | auch für 4er 5er & MINI

Item No.: A02013W431
Manufacturer: TRUCKTEC AUTOMOTIVE
part number: 08.12.023
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Fuer_Oe_Nummer: 11 31 8 586 699
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
22,95 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.