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Has anybody noticed a "chain" noise coming from the engine? It's most noticable at idle. If you rev it, you can really hear it when it falls back down. It sounds just like the chain on a bike, I can only say it's the timing chain. TSB's brought back nothing. I was told it was noise that's being transmitted through the plastic manifold/valve cover. I'm driving another 5spd/4cyl car tomorrow to compair the two.

BTW, it's also going in for a bad 5th gear syncro. I'm having problems going into 5th and I'm also grinding reverse. 5600 miles!

I've also given up on modding this car. I'll have it paid off by the end of the year and once it's out of warranty I'm dumping it.
 

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You are going to get some noise with the chain. What are you going to do, they are all going away from the belt. Back when the American v8 ruled, they used to have plastic teeth on the sprockets which really made them quiet but at a price. 80 to 100000 miles was about it. We always replaced them with iron but with more noise. I have actually seen some old Pintos go 120000 miles on a cam belt. I really prefer the belt.
 

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I've always liked belts, they're so much more quiet. It just seems this is a lot noisier than the 2.3 that was in my Focus, as in it's audable with the hood shut and you can hear it inside the car. The Focus 2.3 made the usualy noisy Ford injector clicks but never did anything like this.
 

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I'd take reliability and no-slippage over quiet anyway. Just a reason for me to get an intake and exhaust, cover up the chain rattle.
 

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Well I drove that over 5spd/4cyl today and it's like night and day! The transmission was much more smooth. The tranny tech is going to look at it next time I'm out there on a job.
 

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Showtime: Try this. See if you can find someone in your area that handles Schaeffer Oil Products. Buy one pint of #132 Moly E.P. Oil Treatment. Pour half of it in your engine and the other half in your transmission. This additive has Soluble Moly in it and is a super lubricant. Some of the more expensive oils have this additive it it.
 
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