Hello everyone! I'm the new proud owner of a 01 Intrepid ES (75,681 miles) with a 2.7L that has just started making extreme timing chain rattling noise. I have read plenty of horror stories regarding this motor from water pump failure to the engine clogging so bad oil pressure drops and so does the hyd tensioner. I pulled the valve covers off to check if that was indeed what i was hearing and sure enough i felt the chain and it had plenty of slop on the driver side. I haven't managed to remove the timing cover yet to check the crank marks to verify if its skipped time or not because it looks like i need to remove the front bumper but ill get to it soon. Either way bent valves or not i'm aware of the problem. What i can't seem to figure out is how it happened and the underlying problem. When i removed the valve covers the cams look relatively clean andthere is no sludge on the underside of the valve covers. With the mileage and lack of sludge buildup it seems hard to believe it failed from low oil pressure. Also when it was running and the chain was slapping around it had no CEL or OIL warning indicators. I'm not sure how long the hydraulic tensioner is suppose to be but it doesn't look colapsed (at least i dont think it is). If anything it looks extended to me. Is it possible at all that my tensioner is actually full extended and my chain is elongated to a point it would slap and make noise and also hasn't skipped time yet either? Or is that the most insane wishful thinking you have ever heard.... Any opinions and advise are more then welcome, thanks! pics will be added soon.