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Old November 28th, 2011, 09:19 PM
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Question Timing chain issue

I have started to hear some noise under the hood.Thought it might be an idler pulley.So i took off my serpentine belt, and have come to the conclusion that it is the timing chain.The old girl has 250,000 miles on her and all i have ever had to replace on the engine so far is the alternator.I am debating on whether to replace the timing chain,and water pump.Or just buying a new crate motor and being done with any up coming problems. Being that the old reliable 4.6L has so many miles and things are bound to start popping up.What do y'all think? i would like to hear everybody's 2 cents on this issue.

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Tough one. Maybe do a compression test and some other diagnostic things, send out a used oil analysis and stuff like that. If all else checks out with the motor just fix what it needs.
A crate motor seems like a hard price to swallow.
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2 cents worth find a 2010 5.4 and drop it in 390 hp

or just do a crate engine and be done 5 cents worth
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hey i just noticed that i put this in the wrong forum.supposed to be 1997 f-150 not 250 how do we change thread category?

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Seems someone beat you to the draw, but for the sake of it, see if you can move it using thread tools, being its your thread.
Anyway, the only problem with whites suggestion of the new 5.4 is then the supporting mods. Wiring, computer, trans. That would be cool though.
Is this truck still your dd or just a play toy? If it's a play toy I am all for gettin somethin bigger under the hood, maybe a warmed up 4.6 or a whipple charged 4.6/5.4 :headbang:
If it is a dd, keep it simple for the sake of reliability. I'm sure a whipple charged 5.4 is still more reliable than a truck like mine, but there goes your mpg
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i did not see any options that pertain to moves in the tool menu, but no worries its fixed already.And no she is not my daily driver.I thought about all the conversions needed to switch to the 5.4 that is why i opted on the 4.6L crate motor as an option. also agree on the modified version for more horse power.like you said i gotta be able to swallow the price.

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How much work and moolah is it to fix the timing chain now?
Maybe fix it, and start a rainy day fund for a new 4.6 and a s/c
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replacing the timing chain on these engines is not as easy with the 2 cams
read this, it will give you an idea of what needs to be done and see if you feel like doing it

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Yea its quite an ordeal.Parts are about$400.00. plus i would put on a new water pump and belt and idler pulley/tension.Labor if some one else does it about $500.00.so just say $1200.00 because once you dig in you always find something else you think should be done.

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But how does that compare to a whole new motor?
4.6 to 5.4 is a common swap too, I could dig up a whole write up for you if you want.

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