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Old 03-23-2012, 12:00 PM
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Sorry to hear about your car. Hopefully you won't have to wait long to get your car back good as new....er, hopefully better than new.
As for the timing chain breakage, this is getting to be too common of an issue for my comfort. I definitely don't have that warm fuzzy feeling inside when reading these posts.
CThomas, does your car have the auto or manual transmission?
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I appreciate the concern over my ride. I do hope that's cleared up soon. I hate to admit it but I do miss my RT already! For what it's worth, the people over at Westside Motors have been fantastic to deal with. I have no doubt we'll getting 'er resolved sooner than later.
Sorry I forgot to mention mine is an automatic ...
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Sounds like Dodge needs to man up here and maybe look into this with a recall.
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Will do! When I called over there this morning, they were just diagnosing the issue as being the timing chain. They also mentioned they were seeking guidance from Chrysler on how to proceed. I'm certainly not trying to start a stampede here; I just want to add a little weight behind this thread in hopes that the issue will be given some closer scrutiny (I.e. what 'Big Daddy's R/T's suggested).
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Good afternoon to all...

Yesterday, I was cruising along at the speed limit (it's the truth!) in my 2010 R/T when it quit on me. I had to have it towed to the local dealership for service. I just found out it was my timing chain that snapped. And mine had barely 14k miles...
Reading the other stories in this thread, tells me they'll have it in the shop for a bit longer...oh well. They did loan me a brand new 2012 Journey...
Were there any signs of anything strange happening before the chain snapped? Funky idle, strange surging, hiccups, anything? I'm just wondering if the tensioner was catching or if the chain had any kind of kinks in it?
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Were there any signs of anything strange happening before the chain snapped? Funky idle, strange surging, hiccups, anything? I'm just wondering if the tensioner was catching or if the chain had any kind of kinks in it?
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There were absolutely no indicators something was going to happen. I lost immediate power and the check engine light came on. I also didn't hear any piston/valve noise afterwards. Considering I was going highway speeds, I'm thinking the worse...
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This does seem to happen exclusively to autos. Maybe the mds is the factor.


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I've actually thought that the auto cars would get better mpg from a 6 speed auto than they would MDS. MDS depends on WAY too many things like terrain, elevation, engine load, all that other fun stuff that we (the drivers) have no control over.
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MDS sucks. Feels like a Prius when it clicks in. I need to disable it. Even at these gas prices I would rather not have it.

I didn't buy the Challenger for gas mileage. Period.
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Get youself a predator tuner have your car dyno and your tuner can take MDS out.
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It's confirmed - the timing chain busted. The valves and pistons also suffered damage. Basically, they're rebuilding my engine as we speak. I tell you, if it weren't for the genuine service I was getting over there at Westside Motors, I would really be hating life right now. Good people...

Anyway, I took a couple of snaps to show you the damage. Take it for what it's worth...
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