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Old 11-02-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Does the cam chain have a key link or is a premade length? Any helpful info on replacing the cam chain??
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
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It's permanently riveted at the factory.
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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Been down this road....teardown or new engine, I decided to do both! Only use the OEM Chain..........
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You'd replace it just like you'd replace any other riveted closed-loop chain (such as the drive chain) -- cut off the rivet heads to be able to remove one link, unhook the link on one side (i.e. on both sides), connect the new chain to the other side of that link, then pull the new chain around and through by turning the engine, making sure to keep pressure on both cams so neither chain can jump a tooth (this really is a two or three person job).

The real question: Why do you suspect your chain is bad, and are you sure it's not just the (far more common) cam chain tensioner assembly having a worn/defective spring?

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Do you know the size of this master link or where I could find one.
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No, but the replacement OEM chain will come with one.

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I thought the replacement chain was a continuous loop......?
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It shouldn't be -- there's no way for a shop mechanic to stretch it over the engine to put it in place.

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