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Date registered: Mar 2011
|1997 C280 (v6) Saloon|
Sorry to show great ignorance on this, but I have a C280 (as above) which I suspect I may have caused the timing chain to jump a tooth when I was undoing the flywheel bolts without locking the various sprockets. I know, an unexplainable attack of stupidity!
If it has jumped a tooth would the engine still run? I thought these are interference engines which makes me think the engine wouldn't run, or it would destroy the valves/pistons when attempting to run?
2nd question - if the engine can run with the timing out a tooth, how can I check the timing marks (the copper links) are all lined up with the engine still in situ? I'm happy to remove the radiator and fans and slam panel if that means I can get to see the timing marks/links. I'd rather not have to go to the trouble of removing the engine if possible.
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