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98 Explorer timing chain?

I have a 98 Explorer, v6, 2wd. The reverse in the trany went out in jun 08, then the vehicle sat till the beginning of November 08, so about 5 months. I had just had the transmission rebuilt. Before the car sat there were no other problems, but once we started it up before we got the trany rebuilt it has been making a sound, that seems similar to what everyone says the timing chain sounds like. Obviously it is out of the extended warranty. Will it cause more problems if its not fixed or is it just annoying??

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  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    Yes its is...How do I go about checking with Ford? What will they do for me? Is it an out of pocket expense? I have a friend in TN( i live in ga) who is a mechanic that will do the work at cost. It is just getting the car to him. I dont know if its safe to drive. He is about 3 hrs away. Thank you for your response. This car is stressing me out!

  • ajtown21 Nov 27, 2008

    Would the MAF sensor cause similar problems? I read, that they had problems with is getting dirty, it did sit for 6 months. The CEL is on and the codes read.... Bank 1 Lean, Bank 2 Rich, and plugs 4-6 misfire. I had the spark plugs changed but im not sure if he reset the computer, nad the same codes are still showing up.

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If this is a SOHC 4.0 V6 then there is a recall on the tensioners for the timing chain, they cause the kind of noise you speak of, check with ford, this is the SOHC only.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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    yadayada Nov 27, 2008

    The MAF will not cause any noise, if you want to clean the MAF get a can of CRC brand MAF cleaner from Kragen or a store like it.

    For the quest, call Ford and give them your VIN, they can check on the recall on the chain tensioners, this is a noise only concern, it has no safety related issues, once again this is for the 4.0 SOHC V6, not the OHV 4.0 V6.The customer service number for FORD is 1-800-392-3673

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