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Old 02-18-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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So I got hit with the dreaded P0016 code a couple of weeks back.

My neighbour is a mechanic so he pulled the code for me. After reading a lot of threads I figure I've got a sloppy timing chain.

When this happened, I also noticed low on power and terrible fuel economy, which goes along with timing issues. Also, when on the power reasonably heavy, it keeps dumping the boost, very quickly and repeatedly.

Since the job would be way to big and involved for my neighbour, I took into a Goodyear shop that I've been using for years, and always had great service.

They told me that my oil was in bad shape. He described it as being like wet clay. He said lets to 2 oil changes and flushes, and hopefully it will clear things up. They did that and also recommended injector flush and coolant flush as the coolant was dirty. They did that, cleared the code and ran it up the highway. They said the power is definitely back and the CEL remained off.

I pick up the truck and happily pay the $600 thinking its solved the issue.

As I pull out of the parking lot, the CEL comes back on. Same code.

I told the mechanic about the chain stretching issues popping up on these engines. He told me that they consulted some sort of online shop manual, showed me the print off too, I think it was identifix or something like that. This thing stated that the next step was to pull the front of the engine apart and inspect for carbon bulid-up and if its excessive, replace the engine, just like that. He then told me that if the timing chain was sloppy he would recommend changing out the engine anyway, because I've probably done some internal damage and its just a matter of time until it grenades.

So, my plan is to take it into Ford and have them do their own diagnosis and change the chain, if thats what it needs.

My concern is that every thread I read, the owners seem to have continued problems after the chain service. Has anyone actually had success changing this thing out?

My truck is an '11 with 155k km

Thanks for the opinions.

Oh yeah, Im not experiencing the rattle on a cold start like some are.
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My concern is that every thread I read, the owners seem to have continued problems after the chain service. Has anyone actually had success changing this thing out?

My truck is an '11 with 155k km
Do you ever get the startup grinding noise?

If you read through these threads you'll find several stories of these timing chains out right breaking on higher KM vehicles such as yours.

If that happens you'll be looking at a new motor for sure. Ford will be happy to replace your chain outside warranty (customer pay).
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I've seen a video of that startup noise, I've never had it.

Could there be ireversible engine damage before the chain breaks, just from the stretch.

It just seemed so extreme to me.

"stretched timing chain....lets throw in a new motor"
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Got the startup sound for the first time today. I'll be taking it in next week to Ford.
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