Timing chain replacement

Asked by Melanie Oct 25, 2018 at 12:44 PM about the 2008 Lexus IS 250

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just purchased this used vehicle and the seller stated it was time for a new
timing chain.  I spoke with Lexus of Birmingham and they stated the car was
designed in a way where the timing chain would be good as long as the car
engine was good.  It didn't need replacing.  Now I'm confused.  Who is correct?  

4 Answers


If you have a timing chain and not a belt the chains will usually last as long as the engine, however there are some other problems that might come up such as worn timing chain guides and if equipped hydraulic tensioned, if any of those fail then you should replace the entire timing kit. So if it’s not making any noise on initial start or when running then there is no problem with it. HTH

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Thanks for the points

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First off the Dealer wants MONEY!! Big clue if they are telling you that you need no repair!!!!!!

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