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I would think the tensioners would fail before the chains.

Are you getting any driveability issues, or do inquiring minds want to know?
 

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I agree that the timing chains will last a long time. If there is any slack in the chains it is due to the tensioners being weak. But why are you wanting to replace yours?
 

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Don't want to replace it. I hope it lasts forever. But, I'd rather give it some attention now or eventually replace it before it fails and takes out my engine innards.

I have about 60K on my 96, but I assume some folks have much more mileage on their cars and may have had some early indications of problems. I'd like to anticipate when a breakdown might occur and act beforehand.
 

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Sorry to say, but the only way you are going to know the chains are in trouble is if you jump time. This may happen due to a bad tensioner as mentioned before, but in addition to the time jump you run the risk of ripping up a cam or crank gear.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about the chains. Now if we had belts, that would be another story.

I personall worry about alot of other things (DAILY :barf: )
 
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