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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:39 am 
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Hi,

i have a EL falcon 97... i got it when it was 97K on the clock... now it's just gone over 100K and i was wondering if i need to replace the timing chain?
(if i do...i better start saving up)

How much is a timing chain? and how much would the labour be to install it?

also.. this is my first car and it's going to be the first service i am going to do. How much would the service be for the El at 100K?

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:26 am 
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cable_RJ45 wrote:
Hi,

i have a EL falcon 97... i got it when it was 97K on the clock... now it's just gone over 100K and i was wondering if i need to replace the timing chain?
(if i do...i better start saving up)

How much is a timing chain? and how much would the labour be to install it?

also.. this is my first car and it's going to be the first service i am going to do. How much would the service be for the El at 100K?

thanks!


No, you don't need to change the timing chain, Not not a rubber belt like some of the jap cars use .

100k service, Oil, Filter, air cleaner . Maybe plugs, depending on how old they are ..

But by the way, If you wanted to replace the timing chain anyway, You'd be up for about $500 .. including labour .
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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 3:00 am 
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do the leads as well since it he only got it a few thousand ago
i would be doign the whole shebang
plugs/leads,oil,filter
fuel filter
rad flush and coolant
tranny flush at lease service!
new diff oil
new brake fluid
check brakes as well
yes this could be costly but
basically you can start from 100.000kays and knwo what has been changed on your car and it is a easy starting point, if you cant afford it in 1 week do 1 at a time over the next month ie
plugs/leads 1 week
next week do the oil change and fuel filter etc

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:59 am 
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ya know with every car i've had i've never check the diff oil, :shock: ,all others but not that..and don't know why :wink:

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:13 am 
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Yeah, same, never bothed with diff oil, Unless Im taking it apart or something like that ..

by the way, anyone know how much a fuel fliter is worth? ..
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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:06 am 
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i just do boring old grandpa driving and about 7K a year so I don't see I would need to change my diff oil...

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:23 am 
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i got mine done a few weeks back, and a new timing chain cover gasket...

mates rates was a few hundred... but gee it runs nice!?

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:22 pm 
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Yeah, same, never bothed with diff oil, Unless Im taking it apart or something like that ..

by the way, anyone know how much a fuel fliter is worth? ..

diff oil should be done about every 100k esp with a lsd!
fuel filter about $15 roughly

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:25 pm 
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if your diff is a bit noisy just poke a couple of bananas in there, will quieten it down!! :D

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:49 pm 
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you on ya happy pills again happy ? :?

i've never had problems with diffs,,i've had 9 cars and never fixed or replaced a diff,,as for the rest of the bits thats a different story

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:41 pm 
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Dont bother with the timing chain unless its noisey or you have the engine apart for another reason

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:51 pm 
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i've never had problems with diffs,,i've had 9 cars and never fixed or replaced a diff,,as for the rest of the bits thats a different story


I take it that you don't smoke up very often then???

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:00 pm 
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nup,,never seen the need for doing silly things like that,,i want to spend my money on things i want not replaceing things i broke just to be a smart a***,,it's not a neccassary part of motoring.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:24 am 
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oh that's good to hear....
yeah... the car runs fine at the moment... (except that sometimes it can be a little rough when idleing) i guess if i change the spark plugs, that should fix it right?

thanks very much for all your responses

BTW, this is such a cool community :)
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Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 12:27 pm 
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I would replace the timing chain if:
it is rattling or your car backfires regularly (A dodgy gas conversion will do this).
The timing chain will cost you $16 for a chinese chain with a connecting link joining the ends.
however I prefer the genuine chain as its endless, costs about $100.

 

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