Picked up a non-running 1999 Discovery 2 this weekend. The previous owner thinks it has a broken timing chain. According to him he was driving along, running well, no overheating, and the engine suddenly shut down. It cranks like it has no compression in several cylinders. (even whine from the starter, without much indication of compression change). This would correspond with some bent valves causing multiple cylinders without compression. Won't know until I pull the valve covers and see if the valves are moving. Then the heads to see how bad the damage is.
The odometer says 114K. I've never personally come across a Rover with a broken chain, and wouldn't expect that at this mileage. Anyone seen something like this before?
If this is the problem and there's no serious piston damage I'm planning to pressure test the block, throw some new heads and gaskets on, and a new cam/lifters, etc. and run it. The rest of the truck is really clean. It has manual cloth seats, one sunroof, etc. so it's a base, which I like. Brand new set of Michelin LTX M/S's on it too.
Will follow up with more details on the damage when I get to it.
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