Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 15:35:46 +0000
From: Grunff <grunffnospam.com>
Subject: Re: 95 Timing Chain & Turbo replacement costs / justification.


bypassmailnospammaster.co.uk wrote: > My 2000 model year, 95 2.0LPT (109k miles) just became a smoke > generator. My local dealer has diagnosed a blown turbo and also that > the timing chain is rattling and loose. > They are advising replacement of both, quoting 2500 ($4300) for the > chain & turbo, claiming they need to remove the engine to change the > timing chain. > Cost for the new turbo only is 900 ($1600). I guess the turbo > replacement is a no-brainer as no turbo means no car but I have a few > questions that I hope someone may be able to answer about the timing > chain, my knowledge of this being limited and a couple of searches not > really answering these: > > This seems quite an incredible amount of money for the timing chain > change, is this reasonable? > > Do you need really need to pull out the engine to change the chain? Yes and no. Some people do roll chains in with the engine in place. But more importantly, a chain only needs replacing if it's stretched beyond its operational limit. If your chain is rattling, you need to determine why. It could be the chain tensioner. It could be the chain guides. > How often do the chains fail in practice Next to never (but not never). > could I get by without > changing it? (aiming to do another 30k miles / 2 years before changing > vehicle). Maybe, maybe not. It really depends on what's wrong. Do you trust these people? -- Grunff

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