Land Rovers are great cars in terms of performance, comfort, and reliability. Even so, if you own a Land Rover, then you may encounter a problem with the timing chain tensioner. Here, we have a 2011 Land Rover LR4 with a faulty timing chain tensioner. The timing chain tensioner maintains an appropriate level of pressure on the timing chain while the timing chain, in turn, holds all the mechanical components of the engine together. Thus, failure of the timing chain tensioner could affect the timing chain and by extension, the whole engine of your Land Rover.
How A Land Rover Engine Works
When the engine is running, the timing chain stretches and as it stretches, the timing chain tensioner takes up the slack. With more mileage covered by the car, the timing chain tensioner is bound to completely wear out at some point. When the tensioner fails, the timing chain is exposed to excessive slacking which could cause a lot of damage to the engine of your car. A slacking timing chain will cause a slapping or clanking noise each time the engine is fired on. An illuminated check engine light, engine stalling, backfiring, or timing faults will ensue among a host of other engine related problems.
To repair this issue, we will replace the worn-out timing chain tensioner with a new one which will have your engine running as good as new. Nevertheless, you do not have to wait for your timing chain tensioner to completely fail before you get it fixed. Once your car has hit about 60,000 miles, then you should consider changing your timing chain tensioner. Additionally, regular servicing and maintenance of your vehicle can help you detect and resolve problems before they even happen.
Here is a video tutorial on the repair.