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Experience:  18+yrs experience. State Inspector and Chevy Diagnostics
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My daughter's 96 cavalier was "shuddering" at idle. she took

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my daughter's 96 cavalier was "shuddering" at idle. she took it to the local garage- they said the timing chain tensioner was shot and it needed a tune up. I haven't changed a timing chain on anything in 30 years, so I'm researching if this is something a tinkerer like me wants to tackle... how difficult of a project is this considered to be?
JA: How many miles on the car? How responsive has your car been lately?
Customer: 168,000... runs a little rough.
JA: What year is your Cavalier?
Customer: 96
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I haven't tried anything- I've been at the firehouse for the past 48 hours- just got home. the car is still at the garage
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: not that I can think of
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Chevy Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

The Labor Time Guide calls for 4.8 hours to replace the timing chain (add 1.2 hours if the vehicle has A/C). It's not "that" bad of a job, but a lot of other items need to be removed to gain access- exhaust, oil pan, front cover, etc. If you have previous timing chain experience, this may be a job you can handle. Due to the year, the repair manual isn't as detailed as it could be... but I can give you what I have so you can take a look and see if it's something you'd like to tackle. Download the repair procedure here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oyajme4xreoua7z/cav-tc.pdf?dl=0

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Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

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