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1999 Oldsmobile Bravada Question: What is a "front cover" on the Bravada? Needs to be repaired/replaced?

 

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LeighD, Greeneville, TN, April 18, 2013, 18:05
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Took in for an oil change today, inspection recommends several things,one of which is "front cover" at an estimate of $965. Vehicle has 145,000 miles.

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    April 18, 2013, 18:21
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    Get another est. and opinion! 4.3 engine right?

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    LeighD, April 18, 2013, 18:34
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    Yes. Just didn't know what a "front cover" is.

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    pushrod, April 18, 2013, 18:43
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    It is the timing cover behind the water pump but i have never had one give a problem. Ask why!! Check with another shop. I own a 2000 Blazer, same thing.

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    September 20, 2013, 14:19
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    I think the mechanic said "front seal" not "front cover". Agree with pushrod get another opinion and estimates.

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    pushrod, September 20, 2013, 16:38
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    Probably already have by now!

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    LeighD, September 20, 2013, 16:54
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    No, it is front cover. Over the timing belt; advisor said it was leaking. This was at a dealership should so I expected it to be a little pricey. Still haven't had repairs done, just drive it a couple miles to and from work right now. But we need it to pull our horse trailer so don't want to take any big chances.

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    pushrod, September 21, 2013, 01:09
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    4.3 V/6 has NO TIMING BELT! It has a timing chain. Take it to a private mechanic and get it fixed. 2 to 3 hour job tops! $400.00 tops, parts & labor, inclu. water pump. Does NOT need timing componets, they are all steel, Don't let anyone convince you otherwise! I know this engine inside and out! Must not be much wrong with it cause we are still talking about this FIVE months later!??!

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    LeighD, September 21, 2013, 06:15
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    Sorry, the "belt" was my mistake, not theirs. And, yes, it seems to run just fine. Thanks for the info.

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