Explorer Talk banner

1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer LT. My mechanic said it appeared to be missing a
timing chain guide on one side (when he was replacing a gasket). My
question is whether I need to worry about replacing that since its fairly labor
intensive = $$. The car has 150,000 miles on it and the body, interior and
most mechanical items are good. Its going to be for my son, who won't put a
lot of miles on it. How long can it go without that being fixed?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Assuming you've got a V6~4.0L~SOHC?
If the right passenger timing guide\cassette, removing the engine from the vehicle is required..
If it's the left drivers timing guide\cassette, that can be done with the engine in the vehicle.
Not cheap\simple either way. Do you have timing rattle noise from the engine now?
Depending on what timing part is broken (there are several), it may be possible to continue driving.
However serious engine damage could occur if not repaired soon, requiring a complete new engine.
Many links to more info on the SOHC timing component issues can be found here
Good luck.
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
Top