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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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BGA Steuerkettensatz BMW F20 116i 118i E46 316i MINI R55-61 One Cooper Works

auch für CITROEN & PEUGEOT 1.4 + 1.6 95-270 PS

item ref.: UNI013W510
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC1030K
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 138
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex
Supplementary Article/Supplementary Info 2: ohne Zahnrad
Inhalt: 1 x 98 228 270 80, 1 x 0818.41, 1 x 0818.40, 1 x 0820.27, 1 x 0818.33
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70,95 EUR

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INA 551012110 Kettenspanner Spanner Steuerkette MERCEDES W168 W245 150-200 M266

entspricht Mercedes OE-Nummer: 266 050 02 11

item ref.: A12013W687
manufacturer: INA
part number: 551 0121 10
EAN-Nr.: 4014870328290
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
31,95 EUR

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FAI TCK200 Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad SEAT Ibiza 3 4 SKODA Fabia 2 Rapid VW Polo 1.2

auch für SKODA Roomster | Einschränkung beachten!

item ref.: UNI003W133
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK200
EAN-Nr.: 5027049366855
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex, Kette geräuscharm
64374267: mit Dichtungen
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed, 130 Link Chain
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
105,95 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 ref.: A02013W431
manufacturer: TRUCKTEC AUTOMOTIVE
part number: 08:12:023
Fuer_Oe_Nummer: 11 31 8 586 699
Verwendung: Steuerkette
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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23,95 EUR

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

OE-Nr. 2443303001

item ref.: UNI013W917
manufacturer: BGA
part number: TC2741FK
EAN-Nr.: 5038206365079
Kettenausfuehrung: Zahnkette
Anzahl_Kettenglieder: 160
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
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135,95 EUR

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FAI Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad SKODA Fabia 1 Favorit Felicia 1 Octavia 1 1.0-1.4 047198026

FAI: TCK64

item ref.: UNI003W128
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK64
EAN-Nr.: 5027049295056
Ausstattungsvariante: 48 Link Chain, Closed
Kettenausfuehrung: Rollenkette, Duplex
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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FAI TCK85 Steuerkettensatz + Zahnrad FORD C-Max Fiesta 5 Focus 2 Mondeo 3 MAZDA 6 1.8 2.0

auch für MAZDA 3 5 + VOLVO C30 S40 II V50

item ref.: UNI003W138
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK85
EAN-Nr.: 5027049304918
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex, Kette geräuscharm
Ausstattungsvariante: 134/54 Link Chain, Closed, 38 Teeth Sprocket
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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105,95 EUR

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FAI TCK7 Steuerkettensatz CITROEN Berlingo C2 C3 1 C4 1 C5 2 PEUGEOT 206 307 407 1.6 HDi

auch für Ford Mazda Mini Volvo

item ref.: UNI003W139
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK7
EAN-Nr.: 5027049271845
64374267: mit Dichtungen
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex, Bolzenkette
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed, 40 Link Chain, Use with TBK190
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
58,95 EUR

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FAI Steuerkettensatz CITROEN C4 C5 MINI JCW Clubman Cabrio PEUGEOT 308 1 2 207 RCZ 1.6

auch für 3008 5007 | Motorcode beachten!

item ref.: UNI003W154
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK118VVT
EAN-Nr.: 5027049304956
Ausstattungsvariante: Inc. VVT Hub, Closed, 144 Link Chain
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex, Bolzenkette
64375630: OCV002 x 1
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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254,95 EUR

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FAI TCK131 Steuerkettensatz AUDI A4 B6 B7 + Avant Cabrio A6 C5 VW Passat 3B 2.0

nur für Motoren mit Motorcode ALT

item ref.: UNI003W159
manufacturer: FAI AutoParts
part number: TCK131
EAN-Nr.: 5027049309081
Kettenausfuehrung: Simplex, Bolzenkette
Ausstattungsvariante: Closed, 50 Link Chain
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Motorsteuerung
128,95 EUR

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

item ref.: A09313W195
manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: 21261
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38,95 EUR

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

item ref.: A09313W192
manufacturer: ZUFFENHAUSEN PARTS
part number: 25605
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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.