How much does it cost to get a timing chain replacement?

I read somewhere that the timing chain should be replaced when a car is really old. I haven’t done so before, and I think it’s about time. What is the cost of a timing chain replacement?

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Answer provided by
Tiffany Leung
Answered on May 20, 2022
It’s great that you’re being proactive—a failed timing chain can lead to serious engine damage!
Timing chain replacement can cost between $600 and $800 for a DIY repair, or between $1,600 and $1,800 with a mechanic. The cost is high due to the complicated nature of replacing this part.
If you want to DIY a timing chain replacement, the parts will cost around $650. However, this is a task best left to those with ample experience working on cars.
Fortunately, unlike rubber timing belts, timing chains are made to last the car’s lifetime so it is unlikely that you’ll need to get it changed. If you suspect a faulty timing chain, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
  • Timing chain is noisy
  • Starting the vehicle is difficult
  • Engine is vibrating or shaking when idling
  • Engine is misfiring or performing poorly
  • Check engine light is illuminated
If some of these symptoms are persistent, bring your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. Fixing the issue promptly will prevent further damage to your vehicle.
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