Question Asked: Timing Chain
July 28, 2009, 03:57 PM
My timing chain broke and the mechanic found that there were problems with the valves on the engine. I was debating whether or not I should even get the car fixed because it is not worth that much. The mechanic told me I should replace the valves and the timing chain and then it would be like I was driving a car with a new engine. After getting the car fixed at a hefty price ($2700), I found that it was leaking oil. I took the car back into the shop and the mechanic said that some of the O-rings are bad and it would cost another $3000 to fix the problem. Does this seem right to you? The dealership by my house says that if they went in to my car to replace my timing chain and they found that there were problems with the valves, that they would then recommend that I also get the engine replaced and that they wouldn't recommend just fixing the valves like my mechanic did. I'm also wondering, can a mechanic be able to tell if there's a problem with the O-rings when he's replacing the timing chain?