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Old 09-14-2003, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does my 1998 328i have a timing belt or chain. Also whats the recommendation for replacement?
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nothing to worry about, you've got a chain.
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yeah whats the manufactor recomendation concerning whats the right time to change your timing chain (i mean miles wise)?
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Well since we're on this topic, does my 94 318i have a chain or belt?
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If you have a chain, there's no call to replace it. Different auto manufactures call for different belt replacement intervals between 60,000 and 90, 000 miles.

As far as determing if u have a chain or a belt with the aid of a service manual, on most cars, if you look at the front end of the engine and see a plastic cover on the side, it usually is a belt.
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Well since we're on this topic, does my 94 318i have a chain or belt?
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