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Old 12-08-2003, 06:44 AM   #1
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Replacing Timing Chains

I need to replace the Timing Chains on my Explorer, there're 4 Chains in the engine... and I got a quote for $800~ (labour and parts)

Anywhere I should go to get it done cheaper? I'm broke.

note: Not Timing Belt.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:50 AM   #2
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Re: Replacing Timing Chains

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I need to replace the Timing Chains on my Explorer, there're 4 Chains in the engine... and I got a quote for $800~ (labour and parts)

Anywhere I should go to get it done cheaper? I'm broke.

note: Not Timing Belt.
Thats to much,is that a dealership qoute??
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:28 AM   #3
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just curious, why do you 'need' to replace them?
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:52 AM   #4
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nope, it's not a dealership quote, and I'm actually gonna go to a dealership to see what their offer is... they've checked on a reference book saying the labour is 8.5 hours..... so I'm hoping to find a fast moving professional to find out what I really NEED to do and How Much.

the engine is making a lot of noise (esp during cold start idle... ticking ticking... rough starting... ) and I was told they have to be replaced as soon as possible... when I bought the car 3 months ago.
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:31 PM   #5
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Generally timing chains should last almost forever. Maybe its tensioners or guides?
I know in the toyota avalon manual it says "under normal operation no timing chain replacement interval" or something to that effect.
If it was me I might get a second opinion?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:30 PM   #6
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most likely the tensioner, not the chain. If the tensioner is loose it will grumble and sound really rough, especially at lower RPM"s... like a growling sound.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:08 PM   #7
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UMMMM timing chains do not do what you said is happening , the ticking noise is from the lifters thay are know for that at higher mileage , and the rough idling could be a dirty throttle body . I would say the tensioner might be loose , get a long screwdriver and put it on the timing chain cover with vehicle running and see if you hear the noise through the screwdriver end.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:31 PM   #8
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Yeah, the ticking if from the lifters, Timing chains are meant to last the life of the car and are rarely replaced.......Probably the tensioners, I would get a second opinion from somewhere else.......
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:40 PM   #9
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thanks for the replies guys, I went to the dealership today and found out that there WAS a recall for the tensioner, and intake manifold gasket. I'm gonna bring the car in tomorrow and have a check up... and clean up the throttle body and see how it goes.
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