Resolving the Timing Chain Issue on Your BMW N20

At SV Motorsports, we want you to enjoy both your BMW and your experience with us. But that also means we want you to get the most reliability and mileage out of your purchase. As some of you might have heard, there was a recent issue discovered with the timing chain on the BMW N20. We want to let you, our customers, know that your safety always comes first. No matter what, we will strive to deliver the utmost in quality.

BMW N20 Timing Chain

How do I know there’s a timing chain issue?

While you might not have the diagnostic talents of Dr. House, here are a few symptoms that will determine if there’s a possibility of an issue:

  • There’s a loud whine coming from your engine
  • There are a significant number of scratches on your timing chain (Although, slight scratches and scoring is normal due to the wear and tear of daily use.)
  • Your chain has too much slack and play

You can inspect the chain on your BMW N20 by peering through the oil cap

What damage does a bad timing chain cause?

Your BMW’s timing chain is an integral part of the engine. It works in conjunction with the crankshaft, camshaft, and valves, making sure they operate in a synchronized motion. A bad timing chain can cause excessive damage to the pistons in your engine, and a broken one won’t allow your engine to start due to a lack of compression. When properly maintained, your BMW’s timing chain can last up to 200,000 miles. So taking care of it is of the utmost importance.

It looks like I have a timing chain issue after all. What are the advantages of taking my BMW to SV Motorsports?

At SV Motorsports, we understand the importance of maintaining your BMW. You didn’t just buy a method of transportation; you made an investment, and we’re here to make sure you get the most out of it. Each one of our technicians is highly experienced, and their eye for detail is such that nothing is left unchecked when you bring your vehicle to us.

If you think your BMW might have a timing chain issue, don’t hesitate to bring it in for servicing. While that noise coming from your engine might be annoying, it’s nothing compared to the excessive damage it can cause to your camshaft and the engine. Besides nipping this issue in the bud, SV Motorsports provides top-rate service when it comes to routine maintenance and ensuring that your BMW drives safely and efficiently. We keep up to date with the very latest in upgrades and technology and want to make your vehicle our top priority.

We don’t believe in doing anything second rate. Visit us online and make an appointment to help us help you get the most out of your BMW. Don’t leave anything to chance. You can find us located at 1892 Barber Road in Sarasota, and if you wish to speak to us directly, please call 954-298-2012.

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