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i hear a scraping sound coming from the driver side valve cover... i think it's the timing chain... has anyone else heard this sound before?
 

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Others here were not so lucky. The chain just jumped timing and killed the engine.
Hopefully it's something else, but I would recommend fixing the problem asap.
 

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well, i don't even know how many miles this engine has gone/has been rebuilt.

i'll check up on it and see... it may just be my over-sensing something.
 

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I think the only prescription for your 380 anxiety is a nice rebuilt 500 unit. If you are constantly worried about the chain, how can you enjoy the car? Just get the chain done or get a new engine, but if you plan to keep the 380, get it done SOON or you won't have a choice.
 

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Shut the engine off and have it towed to your mechanic! You have 2 options-have the chain changed every 40k or so, or Performance products sells a package that lets you change from a single row to a double row chain. Or (sigh) you could get rid of it and buy an updated one. Any options are going to cost you major bucks.
 

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300se126 said:
I think the only prescription for your 380 anxiety is a nice rebuilt 500 unit. If you are constantly worried about the chain, how can you enjoy the car? Just get the chain done or get a new engine, but if you plan to keep the 380, get it done SOON or you won't have a choice.
i was seriously considering that route... i hear it's a direct drop in...wiring and all. (although i'd like to find one that is Euro spec, as i have more horsepower & torque than a US spec...)

yea, i know it's gonna cost me a pretty penny... i don't think it's the anxiety syndrome, i hear the "clacking" at startup more frequently now.
 

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Batou said:
i was seriously considering that route... i hear it's a direct drop in...wiring and all. (although i'd like to find one that is Euro spec, as i have more horsepower & torque than a US spec...)

yea, i know it's gonna cost me a pretty penny... i don't think it's the anxiety syndrome, i hear the "clacking" at startup more frequently now.
That sounds just like the sound my mechanic said he heard when mine went - see the link Kalifornia posted in the third reply on this thread.

Actually, he has my girlfriends Smart car in for service at the moment so I'll ask him when we collect it tomorrow evening if "clacking" was the noise he heard, sure it was though. Then again, if it's the same problem - a loose or broken chain guide - your engine could have spontaniously disassembled it's self before then.

Seriously - don't put the key anywhere near the ignition and have it towed to a trusted mechanic.

J.
 
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