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(1996 Pontiac Sunfire)
in Denver, CO on July 31, 2009
i was wondering if anyone could tell me about how much replacing a timing chain (or belt not sure what its called) would cost me...Thanks
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on June 02, 2010
The timing chain and tensioner is a very common problem on the 2.2 GM engines. They usually make a scrapping and rattling noise like something is falling apart. Tensioner goes, chain then loose, followed by timing is off. If bad enough, it won't start. All of the parts run under 60 bucks. Engine doesn't have to come out of the car like some. If you've done much mechanic work, not a problem with book walking you through it. Can be done over the weekend pretty easily. Don't buy just the timing gears and the chain. Get the Timing Chain Kit with the tensioner. The tensioner is the main thing that goes wrong, but it causes the chain and gears to go bad. Dealer doesn't know what he's talking about if he says the timing gears never go bad on these motors. Have done two of them in the last few months.
on June 25, 2010
Im working on my timing chain and everything but cant seem to put the timing cover back on without it hitting the tensioner. what the hell is going on? it is driving me crazy..... Please send answers to
on August 30, 2010
I have a 2005 Sunfire with the same problem. Timing chain is shot. I was given a $1200.00 estimate to fix the problem, is this correct or overpriced?
on October 14, 2010
The 2.2 liter OHV engine DOES NOT have a service replacement interval and usually NEVER goes bad. However, the 2.4 OHC engine DOES have a tendency to fail, even though it DOES NOT have a service replacement interval. The 2005 models and up have a 2.2 OHC motor which is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than the previous 2.2 engine. That engine is actually an imported ecotec engine and is extremely prone to timing chain and water pump failure.

I hope this info helps.

One other thing, The timing chain, done properly, for the 2005 Sunfire costs $900-$1200 depending on the shop and the quality of parts (and techs) used in the job. That price is assuming the OHC 2.4 engine. If it was the 2.2 for that year, it is a 99.99999999% chance that it's NOT a timing chain.
on July 31, 2009
Just curious, how many miles is on the engine? Whats the problem? It won't start?
on August 01, 2009
I'm sorry to say, but I don't believe your problem is a timing chain. See if you can turn the engine over by hand. If not it's more than a timing chain.
on July 31, 2009
Im not exactly sure on how many miles i know its ove 155,000. No the car wont start, it made a loud sound when we were driving it and died, and it wont start now.
on August 01, 2009
ok ill try that....well thanks a lot for your help!
on July 31, 2009
Depending on location and whether new aftermarket or GM parts are used, probably in the $500.00 range. Good Luck to you
on October 04, 2010
i have 2.2 and it cost me 300.00 to replace
on September 18, 2012
how do you check tining on 1999 Sunfire 2.2l std
on September 18, 2010
What size engine, 2.2 or 2.4 or 8th character of vini no.?
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