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Old 02-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me how easy it is to replace the timing chain, or how much it would cost to have a shop replace it? (just a general estimate) Thanks in advance!
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Oh and I have the 5.8L 351w!
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It's like super easy... for me.
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Its not hard to replace the timing set - the hardest part is getting to it. Pulling out the radiator, cooling fan/shroud, water pump, etc.

I betcha a shop wouldn't touch it for less than $500.
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It's just taking stuff apart and remembering how it goes back together. I don't see how people can't do it.
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Dang thats pretty steep! How many hours do you think it would take to remove everything, replace the set, and put everything back on? In general? I have a reliable and trustworthy mechanic that charges by the hour. Just trying to get a ball park figure on what it would cost. Thanks guys
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Doing it yourself is not that hard, but not that easy for someone who hasn't done it.

Suggest to get a shop manual (Chilton's, Haynes, etc.), follow the directions, take it really easy with the water pump bolts, and allow yourself about 8 hours.

Patience, and follow the directions no matter how silly they seem. On the other hand, a mechanic who knows what he's doing - eh, guessing 4-6 hours barring any unexpected water pump bolt failures???
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Id say 4-5 hours. The chain itself isnt too expensive. but around here the labor will run you 80-125 an hour.
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It's like super easy... for me.

Me too.... Prolly do one in 45 minutes or less
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I did mine while I was changing the water pump last fall (92 F150, 5.8L). Broke a water pump bolt off, so I had to pull the timing cover to get the stub out. I spent all day, but I detailed everything while I had it apart. Degreased all the parts, and re-shot the front of the engine. It all looks nice now.

The timing set was only like $15 at O'Reilly for a double-roller steel set; ridiculously cheap. The gasket set was about the same price, if I remember correctly.

I could bang through the project in about 4 hours, if I didn't worry about cleaning/detailing. A beginner should be able to knock it out in a day; no problem. Definately get a FSM or at least an aftermarket manual as guidance.

Like others have said, it's not a particularly difficult job. If it's your first time, take lots of digital photos, tag and bag everything, and lay it all out in order on a large surface where things won't get disturbed until it's all back together.

The money you'll save is nice, but the self-satisfaction is priceless...

Good Luck,

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