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    1. 09-28-2008 10:08 PM #1

      I have a 97 VR6 manual tranny, and I need to replace my timing chain. I use my car as a daily driver and my car has got about 95k. How much should I expect to pay for installation/labor? I think I saw a special in the forum for a timing chain set for about $500, I forgot where I saw it here in the forums. Also, since I'm doing the timing chain, I guess it would make sense to do a clutch change and tune up, since mechanics will be tinkering with the engine. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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      09-28-2008 11:08 PM #2
      I replaced the timing chain, the clutch, the steering boot with parts it cost me about $1200
      my mechanic charged me for parts at least twice to 3 times more than buying them online.



      Modified by VWBruin at 8:55 PM 9-28-2008

    3. 09-28-2008 11:19 PM #3
      Timing chain kit - 169.95 from MJM.
      If you can do it yourself all you need to do is add the cost of new oil and filter. And you might as well do the rear main seal too. But that's like 5 bucks.
      I have heard really good mechanics charging 8 shop hrs all the way up to 20. My local rate is like 70 bux/hr. Math = many dollars. There is a good write up and it's not a hard procedure, it's just time consuming.

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      09-29-2008 08:03 AM #4
      im probly 5 hours from the city now, if you want to drive up to me i do the work. and for probly half the labor costs

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      09-29-2008 05:00 PM #5
      ~OEM TIMING CHAIN KITS FOR ALL 12V VR6 APPLICATIONS - FROM $169.95 WITH FREE SHIPPING~

    6. 09-29-2008 07:23 PM #6
      i say if u plan on doing your timing chain, might as well put in an lsd, leight weight flywheel, and stronger clutch...IMO thats just me [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      09-30-2008 12:40 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by eUroFlAsH »
      i say if u plan on doing your timing chain, might as well put in an lsd, leight weight flywheel, and stronger clutch...IMO thats just me [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      ...and compared to a timing chain kit, might as well take out a second mortgage, too!

    8. 09-30-2008 01:03 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by jess@mjm »
      ...and compared to a timing chain kit, might as well take out a second mortgage, too!

      it's not all that bad..

    9. 09-30-2008 01:30 AM #9
      I am in the same boat. My chains need to be replaced and every quote I've gotten is at least $1000 or more so I am going to do them myself. There is a very good write-up here on the tex and the kits aren't that expensive. Here is a link to the cheapest I've seen it.
      http://www.corradoparts.com/pr...=1041

    10. 09-30-2008 06:24 PM #10
      The dealer in my area quoted me a starting price of $1500.

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      09-30-2008 07:05 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by TheWETZ »
      The dealer in my area quoted me a starting price of $1500.

      Well that is your first problem right there. Do not go to the dealer. Ask around for a trusted VW mechanic, if you do not feel so inclinded to do the job yourself. However, be prepared to pay up as it is no matter what having someone else doing it an expensive job...
      ~Patrick

    12. 09-30-2008 09:19 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by meadxc2 »
      Well that is your first problem right there. Do not go to the dealer. Ask around for a trusted VW mechanic, if you do not feel so inclinded to do the job yourself. However, be prepared to pay up as it is no matter what having someone else doing it an expensive job...
      ~Patrick

      I did end up changing it myself for around $250. I work on vehicles for fun but I was curios as what the dealer would charge and it was outrageous.
      So I agree with finding a certified VW mechanic and save some money.

    13. 05-25-2012 12:00 PM #13
      Hi guys,

      VW Touareg V6 3.6L Auto. 2007 67,000 miles

      Check engine light on and mechanic told me big problem and could be a $6,000 repair.

      Googling around I've found a lot of problems with the gears and VW America basically told me to take a jump.

      I'm based in NYC, anyone know any good independent mechanics that could do a repair for me?

      Thanks in advance

      Mike

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      05-27-2012 03:51 PM #14
      super old thread, but ill point ya in the right direction before shear chaos breaks out lol. go into the regional forums, find your region and make a post in there with what you are inquiring. im sure someone in your regionals will know of someone that is near you and able to help.

      good luck.

    15. 02-16-2017 12:17 AM #15
      ...a local mechanic just quoted me $4200 (give me a break!!!) to replace the timing chain on my '03 Eurovan VR6 24valve Weekender pop top. Clearly nobody wants to work on these so I'll take the advice on the last thread to seek a local pro w/ some passion for this swiss army knife of vans. If doesn't work out I'll even try myself off the 12valve DIY or something as I'll never sell it - rather turn it into a guest house up at the well... lol

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      02-16-2017 01:25 PM #16
      Eurovan 24v engines are prone to sludge, so add cleaning to your timing job.
      Sludge will not only be in the head as the pics in the link below show, but also in cam gears (VVT), timing case (housing for the VVT solenoids), the cavity for the oil pump drive/im shaft gear, oil filter housing and will go to the pan too.
      In the pan it can clog your oil pump, its gears and the oil squirters.
      To do a thorough job, means removing the head, removing the oil check valve in the blocks deck, removing oil galley plugs belt side and chain side.
      Those are tiny plugs that will allow you to use a brush to clean out the galleys. Also on the back of the block where the oil pump drive is located, it too had plugs you can remove.
      Once you get this far with sludge, you might as well go all in and rebuild the engine. If your block has wear on the thrust side, over sized pistons will be required as your cylinder bores will be oval once you cut the ridge with your ridge reamer. Over sized pistons are pricey since VW doesn't sell them for your AXK or BDF engines, you have to look to the aftermarket and their you will find forged pistons in varying compression ratios.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ion-is-removed

      Here is my box of AXK Eurovan parts, some BDF parts.



      AXK block, head in the back ground is from a BDF Mk4 Golf, head in the foreground is a damaged AXK (bent a few valves and broke a few rockers due to sludge and a snapped upper chain.



      Timing case, VW is proud of this item at nearly $1000. Note the damaged screen, it is not an item you can buy separately, that screen will cost you $1000 but you get a new timing case.





      Screen material lodged into one of the VVT solenoids.



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      02-17-2017 07:51 PM #17
      you can remove the screen if you like, some have removed it with no problems. leave the o-ring. sludge is issue with people not changing oil and using cheap stuff. vvt housing can be found used for less than $100, they are same for 24v 2.8 and 3.2 R motors, just last letter is different on part number, same item tho trust me. the little seal rings on cams can go bad and cause all kinds of damage. not an easy job on 24v, specially eurovan. most people dont even know how to time a 24v, took me 3 times to figure it out.
      I do work on cars, anything short of engine and transmission rebuilding can be done. welding, custom and aftermarket as well as regular repairs. IM me for details, shop is in WOodbridge.

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