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Timing chain replacement

Okay can anyone tell me about how much this is going to cost me? and would you recommend a private garage for this or pay the extra to have the dealer do it i know the dealer will be more. The cars not going in till Feb but i wanna be prepared.
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If the small garage has already done lots of 3.5L belts. You could probably save some money.

Get a quality name brand belt and replace the coolant, water pump and thermostat.
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Well okay i'll have to ask him since hes been my mechanic for 20 years. And i have the 2.7.
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I dont want to shock you but expect a large dollar amount. It will very depending on what you have replaced at the time and what they will charge you for labor, but I agree you want to replace the water pump at the same time. When I had mine done I had everything replaced, all the chains, the tensioners, the water pump, every gasket and seal you can think of and it ran me just under $3000 at a smaller shop. that was 20k miles ago and I just got my car back because the water pump started leaking agian. MAKE sure they are useing new parts when you have it done. or it will haunt you later.
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$1700

I had the timing belt, the timing belt tensioner pulley, the tensioner, the thermostat, the water pump and the head gasket replaced at the same time, as well as getting a valve job (all this at 122K miles). This was done at a Midas place for $1700. Money well spent - car runs better now than it did when I got it 70K miles ago. This is a 3.2, though.
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3 grand and thats all they did? UM the machine shop here would of rebuilt the entire engine for 2500. The only reason i know that is i asked them when i was having the motor for my truck rebuilt.
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Umm yea, 3k is WAY too high for that job. It greatly depends on where you are, but the usual neighborhood is about $500(a helluva deal) to about $1200.

When the timing cover on my car was leaking, they replaced it for $1000. That included a new front seal, new belts, and obviously a new cover.
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That sounds more like what i was expecting around 500 to 1200 depending on where i take it. The private shop i use would probably be pretty close to 500 and i figure a dealer will be probably double that.
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That sounds more like what i was expecting around 500 to 1200 depending on where i take it. The private shop i use would probably be pretty close to 500 and i figure a dealer will be probably double that.
Because you are replacing the timing chain on the 2.7, just parts is going cost you about 400 bucks or more. It is not a quick job for any mechanic so the labor is probably going to be like 600. So i'm pretty sure you're looking at 1000 + for this job. If you can get away with less than that, it should be pretty good.
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Are you sure the chain is bad? 186,500 miles on my 3.3 and the front cover has never been off.
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From every mechanic i know. They say don't push your luck with the 2.7 replace when the manual says or you will end up needing an engine rebuild and well quite frankly if the engine in the car blows. I'm not replacing it the car will become scrap metal. Not a junk yard i can get more out of it in scrap than a yard would pay for it. SO i'm not going to push my luck The car has to last me 1 maybe 2 more years.
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From every mechanic i know. They say don't push your luck with the 2.7 replace when the manual says or you will end up needing an engine rebuild and well quite frankly if the engine in the car blows. I'm not replacing it the car will become scrap metal. Not a junk yard i can get more out of it in scrap than a yard would pay for it. SO i'm not going to push my luck The car has to last me 1 maybe 2 more years.
Gotcha, I wasn't aware that the 2.7 had a scheduled maintenance time for replacing the chain. From what I've read, you definitely don't want to screw around with that engine.
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The 3.3 is a OHV engine. The chain in these are not meant to be replaced. (It's like a foot long double sided lubricated by oil... should never fail before other parts). The 2.7 CHAIN technically should not fail either since it is a lubricated heavy duty chain. But it's much longer because of 2.7 is DOHC. So some of supporting elements can fail (like tensioner, guide...). But the major reason for doing this is the waterpump. The water pump is driven by the chain so to replace the WP, you need to remove the chain. Once removed, you might as well replace the chain and its supporting cast.

Another thing is that the 2.7 I believe is not freewheeling. So if the chain were to break, bad things will happen.

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If the 2.7 is well looked after it should last the life of the car. If I were to replace the water pump and the chain and guides were in bad shape I would replace them. I have taken high mileage timing chains off before that were like new.
There is a kit sold on ebay for about $120.
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