Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 07:14:06 -0500
From: "The Kufahl's" <>
Subject: Re: Noisy 16v - It's the timing chain!! - HELP

I don't know if the 16V timing chain is any "beefier" but the fact is, if your timing chain breaks on an 8V, no damage to valves or pistons will occur, as the piston stroke cannot over travel to hit the valves. The same can not be said for a 16V, it can over stroke and hit the valves, possibly damaging the pistons or valves. If you suspect the timing chain is bad and you have a 16V, get it replaced or you could be looking at 2-3 times the cost of the timing chain in repair costs. The timing chain can be replaced without removing the engine, but the job is really a bitch, not really a job for the home mechanic. If you can remove the engine, it can be done at home. Good Luck Hal Thomas Bech Pettersen <> wrote in message news:Gq6N3.1000$ > Tom Manning wrote in message ... > >I was just wondering if anyone knows if an 8V motor would ever exhibit the > >same problems as a 16V, or if the chain is beefier? It seems like I hear > >more problems concerning 16V timing chains than 8V...just curious... > > > My timing chain broke while driving some years ago (in an '82 900GLE, i.e. > 118hp 8V inj, at 162000km). > However, no problems with valves, pistons or rods. That was even confirmed > by several Saab mechanics in Norway and Sweden that the 8V engines didn't > "blow up" when this happened. > > Regards, and best of luck, > Thomas > >

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