Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: new hampshire USA
Re: They told me I have to replace my engine?
honestly i wouldnt touch it, i've seen (and heard) many explorers with a noisy chain but havent seen a failure yet. my cousins 98 has about 160k and the chain has sounded awful for thousands of miles. i say drive it till she blows and if it does blow dont go to the dealer, ask friends/family/coworkers for a good shop recomendation that will do a big job like an engine. that timing chain price is nuts, used engine price is a little steep, and the new engine price isnt too bad as long as its a BRAND NEW engine not a remanufactured one. a dealer will always push for the most expensive option and dealers are almost always more expensive than a regular shop, they want to sell you an engine not just a chain and a few gaskets.
is that door accident damage? let a body shop handle the door if it is or even if its just the handle/latch/etc and for a mirror there are aftermarket ones on ebay for cheap, the one i installed on my cousins has worked for over a year now plus its an easy job that your regular mechanic could do or to save on labor the body shop could do while fixing the door. junkyard stuff is an option too.
68 Ford Country Sedan Wagon-390 FE, C6, 9 Inch
87 Chevy Caprice Classic Wagon-307, 2004R, 10 Bolt, what can i say, i grew up with that car