How do I tell if my timing chain broke without taking the motor apart

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Asked by Nov 09, 2015 at 10:02 PM about the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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795

The only real way of telling this is to remove the timing chain cover but in order to do so u need to remove the water pump and fan plus harmonic balencer

78,975

You could look down the oil filler hole and watch a rocker arm to see if it is moving. Or if there is a distributor on it, take the cap off and see if the rotor moves, this is all done by cranking or rotating the engine.

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795

True, I forgot about that I stand corrected my friend

75,385

Run a compression test. If all cylinders test low or zero, it's jumped timing. If you have a distributor, remove the distributor cap and have a helper crank the engine. If the distributor rotor doesn't turn, the timing chain has broken. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks

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75,385

You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim

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