i mentioned i would post an update when i got the new timing chain in my sse this week. i could probably condense it into one phrase "WOW...WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!"
as i had hoped, the rattle went away. i had also hoped to pick up some power with the new chain which it did...much more than i thought.
the big suprise was the smoothness of the engine. i didn't think it was running that rough before but now it fells like a brand new motor! it just purrs. my buddy said that was probably because the computer was trying so hard to compensate for the chain being off. now it can reset itself for the best running.
i guess the chain was worn on my car but he said the worst part was the tensioner. he said it wouldn't have gone much longer before it let go completely.
anyhow i'm happy, happy, happy! feels good enough to go for another 300,000 kms. AND I'M DEFINITELY GONNA TRY FOR IT!!!