I don’t recall the engine holding rpms, but I can’t say for certain it wasn’t doing that. Yeah, at times it felt like there was an exhaust issue, and even the dealer said that might be the problem (just their guess when I described the symptoms).By chance when you were having these issues did the engine hold the rpms while pressing the clutch over 2000 rpms. Also did it feel like there was a blockage in the exhaust with the lag in acceleration. trying to see if I have the same issue going on. Definitely have the loud engine noise and vibration in pedal and shifter.
Did you also replace the bolts as well?UPDATE!
So I went ahead with the job and am I ever thankful I did.
First thing the mechanic says to me is. "I don't know how your engine didn't blow, the chain should have skipped a couple teeth." They wouldn't fix it at first as the mechanic could not replicate the issue. So I brought it back a few weeks later and decided to go ahead with it regardless. Turns out, the guide that the Balance Shaft Tensioner push's on to keep the chain taught broke in half after a hard sunday drive and then the first temperature drop of the fall. I did get a bit of luck as once the mechanic opened it up and saw what was going on called my warranty company and started a claim for me and what was going to be around $1200 CDN only ended up costing $325.
She drives good as new now!