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I took on the task of changing the timing chain, guides, tensioner, and sprockets on a 4 cylinder 2.9L GM engine that comes equipped in GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, Hummer, Isuzu Ascender, and Chevrolet Envoy. It was no easy feat, but there wasn't really anything difficult about changing the timing chain. Really, the only problem was how the engine was engineered - it took an excessive amount of time to remove all the components in the way of accessing the timing chain.

Since Chevy or GMC products are not my bread and butter, I took to the internet to find a detailed guide on replacing the timing components. I didn't find much in my search except basic instructions, so I decided to write a detailed how to guide on changing the timing chain on your Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon specifically, although the guide will work for other makes and models.

The 3.5L EcoBoost is great engine with a few problematic complaints as of late. These engine that comes buried inside the F150 as well as the Taurus SHO has been seeing a little growing pains concerning the timing chain. I mean that statement very literally - the timing chains are stretching causing all sorts of problems. A stretching chain starts out to cause a few drivability issues, maybe a little bit of noise, then escalates into a full blown teardown due to bent valves. I love these 3.5L EcoBoost engines, but this is definitely an issue.

The PowerShift DPS6 transmission that is used in the Focus and Fiesta body models is almost a modern marvel. There have been a few other manufacturers to try out a similar approach, but none on large of a scale in the United States as the market that Ford controls with the Focus and Fiesta. One of the major problems with this transmission is the customer expectation and a lack of communication from selling dealers. Of course, there were a number of other common problems, failures, and hiccups that are haunting the DPS6 PowerShift.

I see people searching for how to turn on navigation on Ford's touchscreen models that are not equipped with navigation. It was previously thought that the only way to upgrade your Ford MyTouch to navigation was to replace the Accessory Protocol Interface Module, which we will not refer to as APIM, with a unit that already had the navigation enabled but yet matched all the other options of your vehicle. That can be an expensive task and sometimes near impossible.  I have found a way around this.

Have you ever wondered about venturing into a career in the automotive world? If so, I have something to tell you that may change your mind. I have 7 things to tell you to be exact. Hopefully you read this article before you make any rash decisions. If you know someone who is contemplating making a jump into this career, maybe you should share this article with them.