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    Default 2.2 Timing chain Snapped (2.2se)

    Hi Guys ps bide with me hare as i am not mechanically minded.
    I have a 2.2 vectra which timing chain has snapped for the 2nd time. The engine had only done 44.000 miles when it first snapped but this was done for me due to Vx warranty so no money was spent. (no damage to valves/head) Now only 12000 later it has snapped yet again with no signs (out of the blue) I have tried to get Vx to do it free of charge but to no avail as this should not happen once, let alone twice! I am not sure of the damaged this has caused this time but car was on a roundabout at the time so must have only been doing 15-20mph max so fingers crossed. The RAC guy that towed me home did not even think it was the T chain that snapped as it apparantly still had compression...But another mechanic looked at it later on and told me that this was the problem and that there was no compression, and a few valves was bent (he did not look at the pistons) so not sure what happened there with RAC guy
    If you can ps help, what i would like to know is. Would this job be possible for someone who is not mechanically minded, as i understand there are a few guides on forums/sites? Or if there is anyone out there who is willing to travel to essex to do it for me. Many thanks

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    Your best bet is to buy another head mate and put a new timing kit on. Thats if the its only head damage. There is one for sale on the Z22SE forum at the moment for £250. You may even find someone who might be willing to do the work for the right wonga.

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    get in touch with VX customer services as you are correct this should not happen again. They must have done something wrong for this to happen or not sorted the fault that caused the chain to snap first time round. The chain should never sanp if the engine is mantained to the correct service intervals. Main thing is oil changes
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    I dont know, nearly 80k on a 2.2 chain is quite alot. If you dont have FSH they wont even entertain the phone call.

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    How long did it last after replacement & how long do the garage warranty their work for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S100 View Post
    How long did it last after replacement & how long do the garage warranty their work for ?
    Until the car's standard 3 year warranty runs out, even if the work was done a week before the warranty runs out. If you contribute to the costs however it will carry a year. This is standard through all manufactures. I had a new Z22SE fitted under warranty and it was only covered until the standard 3 years ran out.

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    Rushy, 44k + 12k = 56k, not 80k
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Until the car's standard 3 year warranty runs out, even if the work was done a week before the warranty runs out. If you contribute to the costs however it will carry a year. This is standard through all manufactures. I had a new Z22SE fitted under warranty and it was only covered until the standard 3 years ran out.

    Good point!!

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    56k and 2 chains some thing deffo not right,speak to CS and stand your ground

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    Not to put a dampner on things, but if it's a Z22SE it's gonna be at least 6 years old, so chances of getting Vauxhall to pay are pretty slim. I agree though that two chains in less than 60000 miles ain't right.

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