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99 Chevy Prizm: timing belt..What is the repair or replacement mileage

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Does my 99 Chevy Prizm have a timing chain or timing belt? What is the repair or replacement mileage for the one it has?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Wrenchtech replied 6 years ago.
It has a timing chain on that vehicle.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The response did not include an answer about at what mileage the timing chain is recommended to be replaced, In the further details that I included when I activated my question, I said that my local Chevy dealer had just told me that he thought that my Prizm had a chain, not a belt, and that needed to be replaced only if it broke, (He appeared not to have very clear info on my car because it is almost 10 years old.)
Expert:  Wrenchtech replied 6 years ago.
He was correct.

There is not maintanance interval on a chain. They are only changed if they have a problem which most don't.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Dear Expert:

 

Thanks for your help: you answered my questions. Do you know if I can print out your reply for my records, if I accept (pay for) your response, or do I need to make a note of what you told me? (This if my first time to use this service.) Also, would you have anyway to know if $1, 000 is reasonable for this type of repair (Chicago area) if it does break? And for my very last question, how would I know if broke or needed repair??? Thanks!!

Expert:  Wrenchtech replied 6 years ago.
You can not only print this out but you can come back to the question any time and it will still be there.

$1000 sounds a little on the steep side. I would expect more like $600 to $700.

It's not something you really should be concerning yourself with. They will usually make a lot of rattling noise for a long time before failing and will stop running when they do fail.
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