Date: 30 Aug 2001 21:49:23 -0700
From: (Yaofeng)
Subject: Re: distribution chain replacement

"Houben, P.A.M." <> wrote in message news:<9mm58v$in1$>... > sorry can't find the right word for it, sometimes (other brands) a belt is > used instead, it is used to tranfer (distrinute) the force in the engine, > sorry can't find the word. > > Ralf Houben > > "Glenn D Paulin" <> wrote in message > news:Fekj7.6998$ > > What do you mean by distribution chain. I have never heard of this. Glenn > > > > Do you mean the timing chain? Is it the chain which you have to open up the valve cover to see? The SAAB 2.3L engine is an interference engine. If the timing chain breaks, valves will be hitting the pistons. Bent valves is the minimum damage as a result. It is not as easy as simply replacing the chain. The head needs to be rebuilt. If it is the belt which drives the water pump, power steering, etc.. it is a different story. You can just replace the belt if it is broken. No damage to the engine is done when it breaks. Yaofeng

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