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Replaced timing chain, now what?

I recently replaced the timing chain on my 2010 R55 S model after it failed on me while driving. Repair went great, I used the kit from Mini Mania. When I tried to start it, it revs but won't catch, every 5 seconds or so there is a soft pop from the exhaust. it smells a bit like fuel. I am also getting a P15E8 error code (P15E8 - Engine shutdown time, plausibility: Time too short relative to temperature drop in engine coolant) which doesn't make much sense to me. From other posts I've read, I am thinking this may be a battery issue? The car did sit for about 3 months after the timing chain went before I repaired it. Thoughts?
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If the car is turning over well I doubt it the battery. Are you sure it is timed correctly?
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I am by no means an expert nor anything like it, but it does sound like it’s not timed properly. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Alternatively, were any of the valves damaged when the old timing chain failed?
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I am by no means an expert nor anything like it, but it does sound like it’s not timed properly. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Alternatively, were any of the valves damaged when the old timing chain failed?
Yeah, the engine in your car is an interference engine, so if the timing chain actually "failed" while driving, you may have done some serious damage to your valves. A timing chain "failure" can allow the pistons to hit the valves, which is a very bad thing.

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Replaced timing chain, now what?
Do a compression test. Let us know what you find.
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I know we were top dead center when we installed the new kit, but that doesn't mean it is 100% correct on timing...agree a compression test is in order...
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I just spent two days this weekend trying to start my bike. My friend keeps saying are you sure the timing is right. I would say yes I know I did it right. Sunday I gave in and checked the timing..........I was almost 180deg out........Dam......well it started. You know crow sure taste good.

also the new coil was bad I had to put the 40 year old one back on to get spark. Recheck everything. My right leg and foot is very sore from two days of kicking that bike.

Please keep us up to date
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I know that feeling - I used to ride a CR500... needless to say if it hadn’t been started in awhile my leg would almost die kicking it over and over and over the first time..
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