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post #16 of 18 Old Mar 25th, 2019, 11:17 PM
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We hired a young local guy to fix it. He is trying to get a car repair biz going so we gave him a shot. He told me what to order from Rock Auto and it cost about $180.00 for the parts (chain kit, water pump and a bunch of gaskets and seals) and $865.00 labour. Took him quite a bit longer than he originally thought but his rates were low, and it is a small town and we need him for other things, so we agreed. He showed us the old chains and both were stretched. Put high-mileage oil in afterwards, too. It runs great now, yay! Sure missed having it around.... Now, I have just ordered the DRL module from the guy suggested on here, so people will stop telling me my headlight is burned out, haha...

At least now whenever we want to sell it, we don't have to tell people the timing chain needs to be fixed!
Good news for you. For most cars, a timing chain replacement generally costs somewhere between $500 and $1200 U.S.. So your cost was in the ball park. It is a tricky repair though, so unless you're particularly skilled it's usually best left to a mechanic.

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post #17 of 18 Old Mar 26th, 2019, 07:04 AM
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Keep in mind Rogoman we are talking Canadian dollars. I don't believe it's possible to find someone to replace the timing chain and its accessories for $500 Cdn. And in this case, she hired a mechanic who is opening a new shop.
What is interesting to me is that I have learned that a timing chain should probably be changed at the 200,000-mile mark or 360,000 kms. In my mind that changes the issue. Now granted that is the service life of most vehicles, but it does indicate that such a replacement is not really a mechanical failure, as opposed to required maintenance at such mileage.
I am also wondering if there are longevity differences between Nissan engines built in Japan vs the US or elsewhere?
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post #18 of 18 Old Mar 26th, 2019, 12:37 PM
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In my post I should have said U.S. dollars; my bad. However her spending $1045 Cdn is about right when converting to $780 US which throws it into the ball park of typical cost. As far as longevity differences, what I've heard from many local shops here is that the quality of the same engine built here in the U.S. is less then built in Japan.

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