Due to longer life cycles of timing chain comparing to the belt, more automakers now prefer using chain tension & sprocket for their durability.
Take Ford 4.0 Sohc as example, it is widely equipped on Ford models like 2001–2012 Ranger, Explore, Mercury Mountaineer and 2005-2010 Mustang.
Over time, chain may stretch due to tension lost and guide sprocket also may wear out.
Most mechanics may suggest to replace the chain kit every 100,000 miles to make sure whole timing system can work in sync. If any circumstances cause car running rough or having poorer fuel performance, you may need to replace the chain tensioner and guide rail earlier.
Timing chain tensioner replacement cost ideas-
Typical costs may include Mechanic Repair Service and Car Parts cost.
The average cost to replace timing chain tensioner is around US$1000 to US$1600.
In which the service is around US$600 to US$1000 while aftermarket auto parts are estimated between US$450 and US$600.
Below is the graphic shows the cost to replace timing chain of different car models.
2007-2015 Holden Commodore $1500
2012 Honda Accord $850
2002 Ford F150 $1200
2003 Dodge Ram $1250
2009 Chevrolet HHR $1600
2007 Mazda CX-7 $950
2009 Cadillac CTS $1450
***The amount will be varied depends on vehicles, repair shop locations and most crucial factor, the vehicle severity level.***
How to save Money on timing chain tensioner replacement cost?
Earlier to you replace the problem timing chain & tensioner, more money you can save! (8 Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore! Down timing chain replacement cost)
And you have to save the cost in the right way.
As mentioned above, timing chain replacement is high skill-intensive job which requires qualified mechanic installation. It's normal that car owners intends to buy cheap parts themselves and hand into repair shop for replacement. It looks like it saves some pennies initially but most cases the system crashes down and needs fix again sooner than drivers can imagine.
Repair shops feel innocent as they're not responsible for parts quality.
On the contrary, car parts manufacturers are also free of duty as they not responsible for installation.
So, in our experience, leave this job to professionals!
Meanwhile, regularly car maintenance to change engine oil is also good way to longer timing chain system life.
When does timing chain needs to be replaced?
Check your vehicle with this article:
How do you know if the timing chain is worn and needs replacement?
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