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Hello,
I just pulled my valve cover gasket of my newly purchased 88 300ce and was checking out the chain. Does the factory chain have JWIS on each link or should I be lead to believe that this is a replacement chain? Anyone change out their factory chain and know what was imprinted on it? The upper guide looks too nice to be 22 years old but who knows!
 

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I know thats the funny part I had already had that timing chain in my cart before pulling off the valve cover as I was preparing a list of things to do on the car. I saw the name on it and it was already in my cart. Still not sure if this means that someone replaced it or not.
 

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It's a blue moon that comes by when a timing chain needs replacing. Spend your money on the guides, rails and tensioner. What is the symptom that leads to to believe the chain is a problem?

Jayare
 

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It was more than I was going to do a headgasket and figured for 100 I would do the chain too. I just want to know if this is a replacement or not for piece of mind sake. It would be great is someone has an old chain or knows how the factory chain is labeled.
 

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since you're in there why not just buy a new chain for $35 and roll it in? and replace the guides/rail/tensioner, however new they look. insurance.
 

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Just the facts mam just the facts. With a new tensioner, chain, and guides it will be more like 100 and I would rather not do it all.
 
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