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Asked by Murray Johnson

THE timing chain on my 2005 VJ Ford Transit van broke at 58,000km, causing substantial damage to the engine and costing $5787 to repair. I understand there was a recall on the tensioner kit, so Ford paid for that. Big deal! Is this normal for these vans?

Answered by CarsGuide

13 Feb 2009 Graham Smith

IT SHOULDN'T happen, but there is clearly a problem with the tensioner, which has allowed the chain to slacken and eventually break. When a chain breaks it often results in serious damage to the engine, and I'm not surprised it cost so much to repair. I reckon Ford treated you badly by simply paying for the tensioner kit when they should in my mind have paid for most, if not all, of the repair costs. Go direct to Ford and request they reimburse you.

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