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Old 02-27-2012
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Blown Timing Chain Cover Gasket: Should I do the chain and related hardware?

I have a coolant leak on the driver side of the motor from the timing chain cover gasket. I was wondering if I should bother to do the timing chain at the same time as the cover gasket or if the chain, sprockets and acc. will not normally go bad throughout the life of the engine.

If it is a good idea to change the chain, etc. are there any brand suggestions? Cloyes is the brand I was looking at.

Any advice would be great. Thanks a lot.

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Old 02-28-2012
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Just change the gasket, the chain and components are made to last a long time.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm starting the job tonight.
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I would check the chain for signs of obvious wear and check for chain tension since you already have the cover removed. if everything looks OK I would go ahead and just replace the gasket and be on your way.
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How many miles do you have?
If your over like 160k, don't bother with it, the chain has stretched a bit and replacing it could lead to further complications.
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Old 02-29-2012
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Thanks for the advice. Day two and I have yet to get the harmonic balancer off due to lack of proper puller. Poor Ranger might be out of commission till the end of the week.
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any updates to this? run into any snags, looks like I have the same issue but on the passenger side it's leaking (and has soggy gasket and coolant leaking)
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Coolant leaking in this area would be the lower intake gasket.

And you have the SOHC so its got a different front cover.
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yep, intake gasket indeed. just finished the job
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I have a leak on my 2004 XLT 3.0l on the passenger side. I believed it was timing chain case. it is coming from underneath my alternator area and running down the block so I can not pin point it. I see you told another guy it was his intake gasket.
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