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

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.

by in Greeneville, TN on April 18, 2013
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2 answers 6 comments
ANSWER by , September 20, 2013
I think the mechanic said "front seal" not "front cover". Agree with pushrod get another opinion and estimates.
COMMENT by , September 20, 2013
Probably already have by now!
COMMENT by , September 20, 2013
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.
COMMENT by , September 21, 2013
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!??!
COMMENT by , September 21, 2013
Sorry, the "belt" was my mistake, not theirs. And, yes, it seems to run just fine. Thanks for the info.
ANSWER by , April 18, 2013
Get another est. and opinion! 4.3 engine right?
COMMENT by , April 18, 2013
Yes. Just didn't know what a "front cover" is.
COMMENT by , April 18, 2013
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.