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2000 Chevrolet Tracker Question: How long would it take a mechanic to replace the head on this car?

 

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Visitor, Fairfield, OH, August 09, 2011, 20:14

The car has 230,000 miles on it. I want to sell it soon but a valve is ticking on it and I dont want to sell it that way. I can acquire a good used head for 150 but I need to know how long it would take to replace the head to know if thats a viable option. Also considering just replacing the engine with a good used engine, and just driving it for another year or so, but wanted to check on the head first. I have always used full synthetic oil on it and regularly changed the oil and filter.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 09, 2011, 22:07
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    Tracker that year is available in 2 and 4WD and two engine options, 1.6 and 2.0L.
    1.6 has adjustable valve clearances the 2.0L has hydraulic valve lifters.If 2.0 L are you sure the noise you hear is not a "bad" lifter?
    Straight forward 2WD 1.6L cylinder head replacement takes my guide says over 6 hour job, 10 hours for 2.0L according to my labor guide.

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    Visitor, August 11, 2011, 16:01

    My engine is the 2.0 with 4 wheel drive. I was thinking it was probably a sticky valve, but it could be a bad lifter. I know enough about engines to get me into trouble so I'm not going to play the intelligent guy here that knows all about where everything is and what its connected to. If I swapped out the head would the lifter be in the head or is it part of the block? I do know these had a problem with a little clatter and have a replacement part number for either the valves or the lifters if they are replaced. I don't remember now which it was. I have had a little occasional clatter on start up since 70,000 miles. As soon as the oil started circulating it quit and never got worse so I didn't bother with changing it out. Now it has started ticking all the time so I'm checking my options. I know local shop fees are about 70 and hour so I'm figuring from there. I appreciate any advice you care to share.

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