Have you ever owned a Dodge or Chrysler and had mechanical work involving the timing chain or timing chain tensioner?

Consumers may have purchased the part directly, or a mechanic may have purchased the part for installation and use in their vehicle.  

Don't wait until your engine is irreparable and you're stranded; contact us today and find out if you're at risk.  

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Did your Chrystler or Dodge require mechanical work involving the TIMING CHAIN or TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER? If so, fill out the form below.


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Signs Your Timing Chain Tensioner May Be Defective

  • Pistons and valves can get mangled and cause complete engine failure.
  • The engine leaking oil, or a sudden loss in oil pressure could be indicators that there is an issue.
  • The timing chain chattering, or making noise when the engine is running, could prove problematic.
  • 1998–2004 Chrysler Concorde
  • 1998-2001 Chrysler 300M (Europe)
  • 2001–2010 Chrysler Sebring convertible and sedan
  • 2005–2010 Chrysler 300
  • 2002–2004 Chrysler Intrepid (Canada)
  • 1998–2004 Dodge Intrepid/Chrysler Intrepid
  • 2001–2006 Dodge Stratus sedan
  • 2005–2008 Dodge Magnum SE
  • 2006–2010 Dodge Charger SE (2006 fleet models only)
  • 2008–2010 Dodge Avenger

Applies to 2.7L V6 engines only.

Do You Drive an At Risk Vehicle?

The part issue is a timing chain tensioner.  It was distributed by S. A. Gear Company, Inc.  The part may have been various sold under the trade names of S. A. Gear or Duralast.  It may be referred to as Part Number 9422 or 9-5422.  The part may have been sold as individual item, or may have been included as part of a timing chain kit for the above-mentioned vehicles. (See photo.)

It is believed the part may have entered commerce in late 2011.  Depletion rates are not known, so defective parts may still be in circulation, and purchases may still be happeningLarge retail distributors where the part may have been obtained may include AutoZone stores, and/or Advance Auto stores. Consumers may have purchased the part directly, or a mechanic may have purchased the part for installation and use in their vehicle.  

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The part is believed to be defective in one or more particulars.  The external O-ring, which is meant to fit completely inside a bore or channel in the engine block, is manufactured too high on the piece, such that it protrudes from the bore or does not enter the bore at all.  This causes a variety of problems and damage to the engine, including loss of oil pressure, timing chain chatter, and/or complete engine failure.  Additional defects with the internal O-ring or other internal mechanism may also cause similar problems and failures. 

Part Number 9422
S.A. Gear

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