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Is there any known problems with the timing chain on the 1.6 petrol turbo engine of a 2014 Peugeot 308?

Is there any known problems with the timing chain on the 1.6 petrol turbo engine of a 2014 Peugeot 308? The service book says there is no need to change timing chain ever. I have just spent over $1000 for something that should never be changed, according to their guidelines. It's done 70,000 km. Do I have any recourse for compensation? My Peugeot specialist, not a dealer, believes they know there was an issue.

While they say it never needs to be replaced that really refers to the requirement for servicing. Cam belts do have to be replaced regularly, cam chains don’t, but like all moving parts chains are subject to normal wear and tear and given time they will wear out. To have to change a timing chain at 70,000 km, however, is unusual, and you would suspect that something is wrong. There are reports of problems on the 1.6-litre petrol engine. I would press Peugeot to replace the chain free of charge.

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