4.2 V8 N/A Timing Chain and Tensioner Issues?

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4.2 V8 N/A Timing Chain and Tensioner Issues?

Postby Toomanycars » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:16 am

Before finally getting to view the car i want tomorrow it dawned on me the problems I have read about in the past about timing chain and chain tensioner issues on Jaguar V8 engines.

I really just wanted to know if the 4.2 (300bhp) naturally aspirated V8 in the X350 suffered with any of these problems?

As ever, any help and guidance would be much appreciated.

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Re: 4.2 V8 N/A Timing Chain and Tensioner Issues?

Postby 3.8etypephil » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:56 am

The later 4.0 and all 4.2 engines have much improved tensioners which are unlikely to fail prematurely. The engines last very well; I have encountered properly maintained examples still running sweetly at 400,000 miles.
Of course, any piece of machinery can break or wear, so don't omit to check the whole car thoroughly and look for evidence of careful past ownership and maintenance.

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Re: 4.2 V8 N/A Timing Chain and Tensioner Issues?

Postby J44EAG » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:33 am

We have only had one instance of a secondary 4.2 tensioner issue reported here. The slipper plate came adrift from the plate above the piston. These 4.2 ali tensioners appear almost bulletproof.

You have little to worry about with the 4.2 engine. They do require regular oil changing, the very occasional waterpump, thermostat and cylinder head temperature sensor, the odd belt, pulley bearing and perhaps on very early cars, the later drive belt uprate belt tensioner modification kit on supercharged models. Other than that, the 4.2 can be regarded as an exceptionally reliable engine. Any of the above items are quick and simple to rectify.

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