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The engine is generally considered to be the heart of a vehicle.

Its design requires a balance between peak performance and torque, along with the lowest possible fuel consumption and low emissions. Modern engines are precision work — just as every single spare part from Ferdinand Bilstein.

In the field of engine management, we offer a comprehensive range of timing chains and belts for European passenger cars — of course, in tested OE matching quality.

febi Engine Timing Components

The Advantages at a Glance

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Precision fit

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Strict quality standards

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Compliance with vehicle
manufacturer requirements

Check of Surrounding Components

Check of surrounding components

All engine timing components are exactly calculated. Years of development and experience are put into every system to ensure that the engine timing and its components are exactly matched to each other in all speed and load ranges. Driving comfort, consumption and emission values must not be ignored. Wear and tear on the components of the engine timing system can lead to noise, in the worst case even to engine damage.

Higher compression in the combustion chamber, more precise injection times and higher torques have increased engine timing loads. Therefore, special attention must be paid to the engine timing during repair and maintenance work in the workshop. The specifications and procedures of the vehicle manufacturers must be observed with all repairs.

In addition to checking the timing belt or chain, the complexity of modern engines requires the maintenance of all adjacent components which directly interfere with the control process. With chain control, for example, these are sliding rails, chain stretchers, oil and sprockets. These components must not be disregarded in the preparation of repair calculations.

Ferdinand Bilstein offers the right wear parts, which are needed for competently and safely executed repairs on modern engine management systems.

No Compromises in Quality

Timing Chains of Original Equipment Suppliere IWIS

präzise Synchronisation zwischen Kurbelwelle und Nockenwelle von einer Steuerkette

The timing chain is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. As a connecting piece between the crankshaft and the camshaft, it ensures precise synchronisation and often also drives other components.

If camshaft and crankshaft are not running synchronously, the engine power is greatly reduced and errors in engine management can occur. If the timing chain wears a lot, it can skip or even tear. This may result in costly engine damage.

Ferdinand Bilstein procures part of the timing chain range from original equipment supplier iwis. The exclusive aftermarket partnership also includes timing chains that are even more durable thanks to TRITAN technology for chain bolts. iwis applies the exceptional, specially developed coating process to achieve improved resistance to aggressive oil-carbon-fuel mixtures.

Tritan-Coated Timing Chains

Exclusive in the Spare Parts Market

Timingchains, designed as sleeve or roller chains, consist of an arrangement of inner and outer chain links. The joint surfaces form bolts and sleeves.

With decreasing oil quality caused by ageing and aggressive oil-carbon fuel mixtures, the wear in this joint is particularly noticeable in turbo-direct-injection engines, which leads to chain elongation.

Premium manufacturer iwis has revolutionised the "Physical Vapour Deposition" (PVD) technology TRITAN for chain bolts, which is significantly more resistant to these conditions.

Advantages compared to non-coated chains:

  • Wear reduction by at least 50 percent compared to established coating

  • Reduction of  emissions COby almost 20 percent less friction

NOTE: The TRITAN name and coating process are copyrighted by iwis.

Herstellung von Steuerketten mit Tritanbeschichtung durch den Premiumhersteller iwis

Chain Stretcher

Made in Germany

Aufgaben und Herstellung von einem Kettenspanner

The task of the chain tensioner is to tension the timing chain in all operating conditions and to intercept unwanted vibrations even if wear elongation of the chain has occurred due to engine operation.

Quality is of enormous importance with this important component. This is why chain stretchers are precisely manufactured by Ferdinand Bilstein. Part of our chain stretchers are manufactured in our in-house production near the company headquarters in Germany on modern, CNC machines.

This ensures quality "Made in Germany".


Timing belts combine the characteristics of a timing chain and an auxiliary belt (flat belt). On the inside of the belt, teeth are formed from abrasion-resistant rubber or plastic, which engage in a special gearwheel. This construction has the following advantages compared to V-ribbed or flat belts:

  • The teeth made of elastomer are protected against wear.

  • Higher forces can be transferred due to the positive locking of the teeth.

Ferdinand Bilstein offers a wide range of timing belts, including timing belt sets and suitable accessories.

Eigenschaften von Zahnriemen durch eine Steuerkette und eines Keilrippenriemens

To avoid damage to the timing belt, febi bilstein recommends the following:

For storage:

  • Light-protected
  • Observe temperature between 5 – 50° C (avoid heat sources)
  • Maximum humidity 80 %
  • No contact with chemicals
  • Maximum storage time 5 years (rule of thumb)


For installation:

  • Do not squeeze or bend
  • Do not use force
  • Do not pry up
  • Do not clean with detergents or solvents (e.g. brake cleaner)
wichtige Tipps für eine sichere Anwendung eines Zahnriemens

Meanwhile, there are even timing belts, which no longer perform their work dry outside the engine housing, but that run in the oil in the engine housing. This new technology comes into effect for the oil pump drive, for example, in the Ford 1.0l Eco Boost Engine, Peugeot 1.2 Vti and VW EA288 1.6/2.0 TDI vehicles.


  • Friction resistance reduced by up to 30 %, therefore reduced CO2 emissions
  • Optimised noise (NVH)
  • Exact compliance with control times over long periods of time due to reduced elongation (only about 0.1 percent at 240,000 kilometres)
  • Reduced installation space (downsizing)
  • Can be used under extreme temperatures (up to approx. 170 ° C)
  • Lower production costs (compared to chain drives)



Repair Kits

komplette Steuerketten und Zahnriemensätze mit sämtlichen Einzelteilen von febi

When replacing the timing chain or belt, the surrounding components should also be tested for wear.

In order for all parts to work together perfectly, it is extremely important that they are made accurately and from high-quality materials.

Ferdinand Bilstein offers complete timing chains and belts for certain types of vehicles, which contain all the required parts for a professional exchange.

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