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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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FEBI 103760 Steuerkettensatz PORSCHE Cayenne (9PA) S 4.5 Turbo 4.5 94810516902

item ref.: A09313W877
manufacturer: FEBI BILSTEIN
part number: 103760
EAN-Nr.: 4054224037607
Kettenausfuehrung: Duplex
Gewichtkg: 4,371
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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad AUDI A3 SEAT SKODA VW GOLF 5 PASSA TOURAN 1.4 TSI

OHNE NOCKENWELLENVERSTELLER | für 90 bis 160 PS-Motoren

item ref.: A18013W623
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2005FK
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Inhalt: 1 x 03C 109 469 K
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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 ref.: UNI003W132
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK211VVT
EAN-Nr.: 5027049379824
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
64374267: mit Dichtungen
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64375630: OCV011 x 1
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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad Set AUDI A3 8PA VW GOLF 5 TOURAN 1T 1.4TSI 1.6FSI

INKL. NOCKENWELLENVERSTELLER + STEUERGEHÄUSE DICHTUNG

item ref.: PKT772W958
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2005VFK, 092.750, 20026412B, 705.707
EAN-Nr.: 4050326774266
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  • 1x Timing Chain Kit Piece - BGA TC2005VFK
  • 1x Gasket, timing case Piece - ELRING 092.750
  • 1x Shaft Seal, crankshaft Piece - CORTECO 20026412B
  • 1x Sealing Substance Piece - ELRING 705.707
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FAI Steuerkettensatz MERCEDES W203 S203 W204 S204 CL203 W211 S211 W212 R171 180-200 M271

auch für Sprinter 3t 3,5t 5t 906

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manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK101
EAN-Nr.: 5027049299498
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Ausstattungsvariante: Open
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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad HYUNDAI i10 i20 KIA RIO III PICANTO 1.2 1.25

OE-Nr. 2443303001

item ref.: UNI013W917
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2741FK
EAN-Nr.: 5038206365079
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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad MINI R50 R53 + R52 ONE / COOPER / WORKS 90-210 PS

auch CHRYSLER NEON II PT CRUISER & JEEP RENEGADE

item ref.: A02013W621
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC0440FK
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 112
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
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FAI TCK87 Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad VW Golf 5 Golf Plus 1.4 FSI 90 PS 03C109158A

für Motorcode: BLN BKG

item ref.: UNI003W146
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK87
EAN-Nr.: 5027049303348
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Kettenausfuehrung: Kette geräuscharm
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BGA Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad CITROEN JUMPER FORD TRANSIT PEUGEOT BOXER 2.2 D

auch FIAT DUCATO (250_ 290_) LAND ROVER DEFENDER (L316)

item ref.: A06013W620
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2360FK
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 122
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Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
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FEBI Steuerkettensatz 36593 Mercedes CDI W246 W204 W212 X204 SPRINTER 906 W639

inkl. Zahnräder + Gleitschienen + Kettenspanner

item ref.: UNI013W222
manufacturer: FEBI BILSTEIN
part number: 36593
EAN-Nr.: 4027816365938
Gewichtkg: 1,644
Motorsteuerung: Kette
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 96
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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Steuerkettensatz Steuerkette + Dichtungen + Ölpumpe für OPEL 1.3 CDTI Z13DT/H

für AGILA ASTRA H CORSA C MERIVA 1.3 CDTI (69/70/90 PS)

item ref.: PKT662W918
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC0380FK, 7.04193.02.0, 97780, 074.173
EAN-Nr.: 4050326798408
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  • 1x Timing Chain Kit Piece - BGA TC0380FK
  • 1x Oil Pump Piece - PIERBURG 7.04193.02.0
  • 1x Sealing Substance Piece
  • 1x Sealing Plug, oil sump Piece - 96023264
  • 1x Gasket, cylinder head cover Piece - ELRING 074.172
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FAI TCK4 Steuerkettensatz OPEL Agila Astra G H Corsa B C D Meriva A Combo 1.0 1.2 1.4

OPEL OE-Nr. 55562234 | Einschränkung beachten!

item ref.: UNI003W131
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK4
EAN-Nr.: 5027049259966
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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.

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