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So I live in Raleigh, NC. I took my car to Carfix to get the problem diagnosed...which I already knew what was wrong. They only confirmed it. Turns out it's both timing chains that need to be replaced. I have read plenty of posts on here about the timing chain and replacement costs for individuals, but have not come across anyone that has had it done in NC, or Raleigh, NC. I was hoping that by posting here someone near the area might have some suggestions on where to get it done. Carfix told me they would do it for $2,600...I think that is a little ridiculous. I know it is costly, but $2,600 is way more than the prices I have read others on here post. My miliage is at 177,000 and I have a 2009 Xterra S trim.

Anyone have any suggestions, or anyone from the area maybe post where they got theirs done at?

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Jcashford92.

Ive heard of xterra timing chain replacement quotes which were very similar to that which you posted.

The sad reality is your current engine already has 177,000 miles on it.
After spending nearly three thousand dollars you will have new chains on an old engine.

I'm positive someone will soon say " You know how your engine has been maintained and it could go another 100K miles."

To tell the truth, their right.
However, with 177K miles of wear already upon your engine there are plenty of items which could soon fail . I can only hope the price quoted included a new waterpump, but it probably didn't.

For the most part, the average xterra/frontier owner dont abuse their vehicles, and I would be perfectly comfortable in purchasing an engine which has less than 60k miles on it.

If it was me, I would be looking for a newer engine and perform a swap.
You might pay a little more(possibly not) but in the end you may find a good low mileage engine which could save you alot of cash in the long run.
 
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Give a call to Lee NIssan over near Wilson. They quoted me just doing the secondary guides for like 800 bucks a few years ago - why I was getting quotes in Wilson NC is a story too long to tell. Based on how mine came out around 200K miles I would guess just the secondary guides would definitely have bought me a lot more miles - everything else that came out looked pretty good.

Parts have really gone up, along with labor rates. I ended up several years having an indy shop in my small town $1700 for everything including the water pump. Even then the owner of the shop who I know told me the parts had gone up a lot and he actually was making less than he thought, but he quoted 1700 so he stuck with it. I presume $2K + is for sure the going rate for the whole job at this point.

I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. The VQ40 will last a very long time with proper maintenance.
 

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So I live in Raleigh, NC. I took my car to Carfix to get the problem diagnosed...which I already knew what was wrong. They only confirmed it. Turns out it's both timing chains that need to be replaced. I have read plenty of posts on here about the timing chain and replacement costs for individuals, but have not come across anyone that has had it done in NC, or Raleigh, NC. I was hoping that by posting here someone near the area might have some suggestions on where to get it done. Carfix told me they would do it for $2,600...I think that is a little ridiculous. I know it is costly, but $2,600 is way more than the prices I have read others on here post. My miliage is at 177,000 and I have a 2009 Xterra S trim.

Anyone have any suggestions, or anyone from the area maybe post where they got theirs done at?

Thanks.
I paid a Nissan dealership outside of Atlanta $1700 to replace the timing chains, guides, water pump, oil pump, thermostat, hoses and rad fluid and they provided a loaner car during the repair. $2600 isn't crazy but also a little on the high end I think.
 

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I paid a Nissan dealership outside of Atlanta $1700 to replace the timing chains, guides, water pump, oil pump, thermostat, hoses and rad fluid and they provided a loaner car during the repair. $2600 isn't crazy but also a little on the high end I think.
That's not a terrible price! I am looking to have this done on my X in the next 6 months and I also live in the metro-ATL. What dealer did you go to to have this done?
 

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So I live in Raleigh, NC. I took my car to Carfix to get the problem diagnosed...which I already knew what was wrong. They only confirmed it. Turns out it's both timing chains that need to be replaced. I have read plenty of posts on here about the timing chain and replacement costs for individuals, but have not come across anyone that has had it done in NC, or Raleigh, NC. I was hoping that by posting here someone near the area might have some suggestions on where to get it done. Carfix told me they would do it for $2,600...I think that is a little ridiculous. I know it is costly, but $2,600 is way more than the prices I have read others on here post. My miliage is at 177,000 and I have a 2009 Xterra S trim.

Anyone have any suggestions, or anyone from the area maybe post where they got theirs done at?

Thanks.
How exactly did they "confirm" your timing chain's needing replacement? Thanks.
 

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How exactly did they "confirm" your timing chain's needing replacement? Thanks.
OP posted twice and hasn't been seen since so doubtful he will respond.

However timing chains on our rigs are pretty easy to diagnose due to the engine whine - which is unmistakable if you have heard it. Early on it sounds like a supercharger winding up and is easiest to hear parked and just revving up off idle.

Best to remove your serpentine belt for a few moments just to verify the sound isn't something else. If it stays its likely the timing chain guides.

Here is one that is really bad:
 

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If it was me, I would be looking for a newer engine and perform a swap.
You might pay a little more(possibly not) but in the end you may find a good low mileage engine which could save you alot of cash in the long run.
Are you seriously recommending a motor swap over just replacing the chains and water pump? wow...
 

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Are you seriously recommending a motor swap over just replacing the chains and water pump? wow...
In regards to the OP's scenario.

Would you rather pay $2600 for chains, waterpump and misc parts and labor on an high mileage engine which already has 177,000 miles on it or would you rather spend the same amount on an engine which may have less than 40,000 miles on it?

Which of these two options has the best chance of still running ten years from now?
 
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Everyone's situation will be somewhat different.

For instance:
Mileage on current engine
Cost of repair.
Owners mechanical skill.
Downtime for repair
2nd vehicle

$1400 on an engine which is otherwise in excellent shape sounds fair.
$2600 on an engine which is approaching 200k miles will push me to consider other options.
 

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It's really labor intensive. The parts cost is not that bad, even if you go all oem.
I did it myself. it's not rocket science, just took a lot of time.
Find a trustworthy independent shop who has some time, especially around or after Christmas time,if you can manage without your X for a while, ask them if they'd cut a deal on the labor cost if you could leave it with them for a longer period of time (2 weeks or so) to allow them to work on it during idle periods.
 

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I'll 2nd Intellectual *******. A good Indy who knows the vehicle, has the tools, wants to make some spare cash, and can do it on a relaxed timeline will save you a ton.

The difficulty lies in finding this person. They exist, just hard to track down. Best bet is to talk to dealer mechs or shops willing to throw work to these guys or get references from the commercial parts pro at every auto parts store in your search area (no joke, the ones that know their clients can refer you to some badass indies or someone that knows them).

I will also 2nd the parts cost not being that bad. I bought my X with TC whine & bad clutch (but great prior maintenance!) from someone who couldn't afford to rectify either (hence a great price). I fixed everything in my driveway over the course of a couple of weeks. Used OE & OEM parts & replaced every pulley & piece of rubber (belt, seal, & water-oil-pcv-vacuum hose) on the engine with a full fluid change knowing exactly what came out (condition) & what went in.

My point for the OP is twofold:

1. The engine will be dismantled so if you pay an indy to do this negotiate & have him replace wear items as he reassembles it at no or minimal (negotiated, not hourly rate) additional labor cost. Water pump, thermostat, hoses, crank seal, any pulleys they find near letting go during disassembly, oil cooler seal, etc.

2. If the OP has spare time they can do it themself and save a very healthy amount of $$$.

This is not an incredibly difficult job, moreso time consuming. While mis-timing is a possibility, it is actually incredibly difficult to do (just don't start throwing covers on until all the timing marks align).

Probably not realistic given the OP was looking for a mech reference, but it is an option.

As to Just a Hunter, he normally gives sage advice but I have to respectfully disagree on this.

If the OP is looking for a mech they are likely not going to do this work themselves, and are also extremely unlikely to pull a motor and pop a new one in. So in addition to paying for the motor, they will also pay for any repairs it needs, full labor to put it in, & possibly to pull & transport it.

While this will likely end up costing significantly more than a simple T-Chain swap (and I mean a helluva lot if they go through a reputable resaler/junker who backs it with a warranty & pay others for every stage of the swap), that is not the most concerning thing.

If the yard or resaler didn't do a used oil analysis and/or compression test (and those few that do charge a premium when they come up good), you actually have very little idea what you are getting.

The used motor could have suffered oil starvation (continued running after vehicle rolled or was driven after major accessory systems were damaged in a wreck for example), overheated, had poor fluids and/or change intervals, etc.

A 177k mile engine that was running well & well maintained will likely keep running well after a (fairly) routine maintenance like this. This is like putting money into your 401k and knowing 100% you are getting a return on your investment.

Swapping the motor if there is nothing wrong with the old one is quite literally a gamble. Assume it costs $4-5000 total to get the pulled motor in. If you play Blackjack this is like hitting on 12 on a $4-5000 Blackjack hand. Potentially high rewards but no guarantee of winning in the end and a 31%'ish chance of busting.

I don't like those odds & though the actual percentage chance of getting a bad engine may be lower, the results of several family & friends junkyard-bargain-swaps have led me to discourage most from going down this path (several, as in way more than two, have had significant problems following swaps that resulted in significant money spent to fix the issues).

Not a fan of those odds at all.
 
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