Snapped Timing Chains
Some car manufacturers like to use timing chains in their engines because they’re more durable than cam belts. They generally need replacing less often and they’re said to be more reliable, but there are still motorists out there who run into trouble.
The timing chain transfers the power generated by the crankshaft to the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine’s valves. Over time the links that make up the timing chain will become loose. The timing chain stretches and the valves’ timing is thrown off.
It isn’t just the passage of time that can cause this sort of damage though. Certain BMW cars – the 1, 3, and 5 series models with N47 engines built between 2007 and 2009 specifically – have consistently suffered from timing chain issues, regardless of their mileage. And in most cases, BMW have offered limited to no financial help.
The subsequent damage the broken timing chain can cause to the car’s engine can cost thousands of pounds to repair – and that’s if the engine can be repaired at all.
If you can’t afford the cost of a repair or a replacement engine, you could find yourself in financial trouble. Unable to cover the cost of buying a new car, you’re left without a vehicle, which can greatly impact on your daily life.
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We pay cash for all kinds of damaged or broken cars, so if a broken timing chain has damaged your engine to such an extent that the cost of repair is greater than the value of your car, we can help – and we can help quickly.
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