Timing chain replacement is one of those tasks that many people tend to overlook, thinking it’s not that big of a deal. But in reality, it can be quite costly—especially if you don’t do it right. In this article, we will discuss the costs associated with timing chain replacement, plus some tips on how to get the job done right and save money in the process.
What is Timing Chain Replacement?
Timing chain replacement typically costs between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on the make and model of the engine. The timing chain is a series of gears that connect the crankshaft to the camshaft and influences how fast the valves open and close. When these gears wear out, they can cause poor engine performance and even necessitate a rebuild.
Types of Timing Chains
Timing chains are a component of most engines, and as such, they can wear out or need to be replaced over time. The type of timing chain that’s used will affect the cost of replacement, as well as how often it needs to be done. There are three main types of timing chains: single-stage, two-stage, and hybrid.
Single-stage chains work with one camshaft; two-stage chains use two cams on either side of the crankshaft to alternately advance the pistons. Hybrid chains use both types of systems together. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages; for example, a single-stage chain is usually cheaper to replace but can wear more quickly than a two-stage chain.
How Much Does Timing Chain Replacement Cost?
Timing chain replacement can be a costly repair. The average cost is around $1,000. Here are some factors you can consider when estimating the cost:
-The make and model of your engine
-The type of timing chain/drive chain
-The severity of the issue
-Whether the timing chain needs to be replaced in whole or in part
What to Expect During and After Timing Chain Replacement
When your car’s timing chain starts to go bad, it can lead to a number of problems. Inexpensive and common repairs include replacing the chain, tensioner, and tappet plate. Here’s what you can expect during and after your timing chain replacement:
Timing Chain Replacement Cost
Your average timing chain replacement costs around $1,000. This includes the cost of parts, labor, and any associated fees. You should expect to pay more if your vehicle is older or has several other issues. The good news is that most mechanics are familiar with timing chain replacements, so you’ll likely have little trouble getting the work done.
During Timing Chain Replacement
During the timing chain replacement process, your mechanic will first inspect the engine for any underlying problems. If there are no other issues, he or she will remove the engine cover and start working on the engine.
First, they’ll remove the camshafts by removing four bolts that hold them in place. Next they’ll disconnect the camshaft gear box from the front of the engine. Finally, they’ll remove the camshafts themselves.
Once all of this is done, your mechanic will replace the worn out timing chain with a new one. He or she will also replace any related gears and components as necessary.
After Timing Chain Replacement
After your timerchain replacement is complete, your mechanic will walk you through all of the