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89 560SL - Broken timing chain guide

The left inboard timing guide broke and the broken piece (about 2 Inch long) fell down inside the timing case. Would appreciate any suggestions. I know removing the timing cover is a complex job so I am looking for ways to fish out the broken piece from the top. thx
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Exclamation Replace the guides

Even if you could fish it out how would you mount the replacement? The guides get old and brittle with age. It might be a great time to go whole hog and have the cover removed and all the guides replaced and maybe a new chain put on (chain is not very expensive if you are pulling the cover etc). I would NOT drive the car with a guide missing and just floating around in there!
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Even if you could fish it out how would you mount the replacement? The guides get old and brittle with age. It might be a great time to go whole hog and have the cover removed and all the guides replaced and maybe a new chain put on (chain is not very expensive if you are pulling the cover etc). I would NOT drive the car with a guide missing and just floating around in there!
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I agree, God only knows what else got damaged as that thing rattled around.

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How much you value the car?
Very likely the job done at shop would cost more than the car value, so you have a choice to make it weekend project, or drive it till something serious breaks and junk it.
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Very likely the job done at shop would cost more than the car value....
That's either a very expensive shop or a real junky 560SL.

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