Can a timing chain failure cause engine damage?
Timing chain failures can cause catastrophic engine damage. Early signs of this problem are the check engine light and engine noise. If the timing chain fails, the pistons can hit the valves and cause severe damage to the engine.
Is the Mercedes 560 engine a good engine?
Unlike other Mercedes engines, all versions of the 560 are good. Even the emissions versions have plenty of power and are a delight to drive. The M117 has an almost bullet proof bottom end, but an Achilles heel in some plastic parts in the engine.
When did the Mercedes Benz 560SEC come out?
Introduced in 1990, the 560SEC AMG was perhaps the most fabled of the “pre-merger” upgraded Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The car was powered with a 6.0-liter engine, producing twice the torque of the original 5.6-liter Mercedes-Benz engine.
What causes timing chain problems in Mercedes Benz?
Mercedes-Benz V6 and V8 engines had timing chain problems caused by balance shaft and idler gear failures. Mercedes produced certain models with defective gears in their balance shafts (M272 engines) or with defective idle gears (M273 engines).
Why is my Mercedes 560 timing chain not replacing?
These nylon guides are a well known problem with Mercedes if you do not replace them at their recommended service interval. Most often times it is the left drivers side inboard guide that will become brittle, fracture and then often times fall into the chain path.
Where are the hash marks on a Mercedes 560?
There should be a small hash mark in the center of the ignition rotor terminal, it should be aligned with a small hash mark in the distributor hosing. You can also use a marker to draw a line too. The distributor must be removed to access and remove the inboard left drivers side rail pins.
What kind of engine does a Mercedes 560 SL have?
These repairs shown are of a 1989 Mercedes Benz 560 SL and are about the same for all 560’s except for little differences with regards to the engine attachments.