Due to the timing chain life cycles is longer than the belt, more automakers now prefer using chain tensioner & sprocket for their better 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.
The timing chain design enhances these car models durability and save the money to replace the timing belt.
However, over time, chain may stretch due to tension lost or the guide & sprocket wearing.
More mechanics now may suggest to replace the chain kit every 100,000 miles to prevent the chain stretching problem.
The stretching timing chain will lead to the tensioner & guides failure.
Regular replacement can make sure whole timing system can work in sync.
When timing system failure symptoms occur, such like car running rough, the fuel performance getting poor or the vehicle rough idle, you may need to replace the chain as well as tensioner and guide rails.
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 we have draft idea to show 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
*** Please note that 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 you replace the problem timing chain & tensioner, more money you can save! (well, you told me that...;)))
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But, you have to save the replacement cost in the correct way.
As mentioned above, timing chain replacement is high skill-intensive job which requires qualified mechanic installation.
It's normal that car owners intend to buy cheap parts themselves and hand them to repair shops 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.
Once the failure appears, very awkward it is because it’s difficult to tell whose responsibility shall be.
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.
Of course, You, the car owner is the most innocent one.
So, in our experience, Leave Professional Job to the Specialists!
Also keep in mind, pay attention on When does timing chain needs to be replaced?
You can check the below article to tell you,
How do you know if the timing chain is worn and needs replacement?
Except that, regular car maintenance to change engine oil is also good way to longer timing chain system life.
The engine oil is responsible for the lubricant to timing chain.
Clean and sufficient engine oil will make sure the timing chain work well.
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