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'98 Ford Taurus, Timing Chain Replacement

Q: I was wondering about the advisability of replacing the timing chain on my ‘98 Ford Taurus. When I got the car it had 70K miles. My dealer told me they did not recommend replacement. But this flies in the face of my own experiences and what seems like common sense. Now, with 122K, I still want to do what I can to prolong the life of the vehicle until I can pay cash for a new one.

-Charles

A: You did not state which engine you had in your Ford Taurus, but as far as the 3.0 & 3.8 liter engines the timing chain should not be an issue at 122k. I have many customers with much more mileage and have not had a failure. If you were to come into the shop at 200k with a concern then I say, "yes change the timing chain and gears". The timing chain and gears are known to be very reliable in your Ford, providing many miles of problem free service.

 
     
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