when is it recommended to change the timing chain for a 2003 dodge ram 1500 laramie with a 5.7L engine?

Asked by Aug 06, 2015 at 01:44 AM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Quad Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the truck has approximately 96K+ miles. it still runs very well but the timing chain hasn't been changed or checked as of this time

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Timing chains are supposed to last the life of the vehicle, but, in some cases they get stressed and make lots of noise and power decreases. It's a lot more involved changing the timing chain than a belt, usually more costly. Car complaints has more information, they label it a clunker, so, maybe getting rid of it is a good idea? See link below, http://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Ram_1500/2003/

Finding chain should be chainged around 100000 m in most dodge becouse that slap so hard. And if it slips or break it is by by motor.


I wouldn't change it if it is not making noise.


In my experience, put a timing light on it to check timing, if a chain has stretched you will see the timing mark bounce around the mark. A good chain, for lack of words, your timing mark on the crank balancer will show consistent to the mark on the timing tab. Also as Bob answered don't worry about it if it is not making noise.

Thank you for all the answers.

its not so much the timing chain, but the slider tensioner fail as mine has done at 190,000 miles.


GuruXGW, there is no tensioner on this one, just some guides that have no pressure onto the chain.

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