Which Is Better Timing Chain Or Timing Belt?

What cars have timing chains instead of belts?

What cars have timing chains instead of belts?Most BMWs.Most Mercedes.All Cadillacs.Alfa Romeo 159.Chevrolet Corvette.Dacia Duster, Sandero, Sandero Stepway.Honda Jazz.Mazda with Skyactiv-G engine.More items…•.

Why are timing belts used instead of chains?

Belts are quieter than chains so a belt equipped engine allows more latitude for a less restrictive exhaust and so on. Timing chains, if they are to be reliable, should be double row but most modern ones are not because double row chains are even more noisy in operation than single row, and are more expensive to boot.

When should a timing chain be replaced?

When does a timing chain need to be replaced? The timing chain normally needs to be replaced between 80,000 and 120,000 miles unless there is a specific problem.

Is a timing chain expensive to fix?

The cost of replacing a timing belt or a timing chain is generally anywhere from $300 to $500. If you head to AutoZone right now you can find timing chains that cost you anywhere from $25 to $100 or more. There are also timing sets which include the gears you need that can cost anywhere from $15 to $250.

Are timing chains lifetime?

Normally the timing chain will be designed to last a car’s lifetime, and will not need to be replaced at a recommended service interval. In some cases, despite not needing regular maintenance, a timing chain can wear to the point that it has to be replaced.