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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Question: Should I get a new motor or get the Camshaft Actuators fixed

 

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buttersctoch, Gardendale, AL, December 16, 2011, 14:22
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I was told from a chevy dealer that I need a new motor(7000)instead of replacing the camshaft autuator. I wanted to know how much is an autuator and is it expensive to replace?

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    December 18, 2011, 18:06
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    It would help if you share with us, instead of not sharing, why the dealer says you need a new engine instead of the actuator. Would also help with a little info like mileage and probs you are experiencing.

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    buttersctoch, December 18, 2011, 18:30
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    I apologize, I am new to this and didn't know if I was allowed to input that much details, I was not trying to not share details, I want much help as possible. The dealer stated that they don't install actuators because actuators may work for a while and then stop, so the dealer stated that I should get a new motor. I have 144000 miles now. The problems are that the car is riding very rough, rpm goes to 2k and goes back down to 1k while trying to gain speed, cuts off when turning, sounds like a diesel truck.

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    raiderron, December 18, 2011, 19:19
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    Well now you have a decision to make. If the actuator replacement will get you by for a while and the dealer will stand behind their work for the standard warranty time after replacement of actuator then that gives you time to think about it. If you like the vehicle, meets your needs, paid off or close to it then you use that info to help with decision. Find out what another trusted shop thinks. Your friends should be a good source for the shop search. By the way, there is not a site on the internet that tries to help with vehicle repairs that will say, "Do not give too much info". If you run across a shop that does not question you like a doctor does when you first see them then they are not doing their jobs correctly. The more info known about a problem and what may or may not have been done to try and repair will always be better than being in the dark and starting at "ZERO". If you read enough of the cries for help on here you will see a pattern at times. People just do not give the info needed to help them with. We as techs and helpers want the most info we can get to process what we will suggest as the next step.

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