Typical costs: Hiring a mechanic to replace a timing chain typically costs $300-$1,000, depending on the make and model of the vehicle, its age and whether the work is performed at a dealership or an independent shop.
Purchased separately, a timing chain typically costs $50-$250 or more.
Can you drive a car with a bad timing chain?
A broken timing chain will cause an engine to not start or fail while driving. If the belt is already broken, the engine won’t have enough compression to start. If it breaks or jumps while driving, the pistons will be damaged from contact with the valves. The valves themselves will bend and potentially ruin the engine.
What are the symptoms of a bad timing chain?
Symptoms of a Failing Timing Chain
- Engine Misfiring and Lacking Power. When an engine misfires, it is a problem with the valve timing.
- Metal Shavings in the Engine Oil. This is something that will only be noticed when you have an oil change.
- Engine Failure.
- Engine Light is Illuminated.
- Rattling Noise When Idling.
How do I know if my car has timing belt or chain?
There is an easy way to find out if your car is driven by a timing chain or timing belt motor. If, on the side (not top) of the engine, either left or right, there is a plastic cover, your car has timing belt. If there is no plastic on the side, you have a timing chain.
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