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Timing Chain I need to replace the timing chain on a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix V6 engine, Automatic Transmission

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Dont kill the messenger but here's a link how to do it and it's a fairly big job .good news is you can leave the engine in the car to do it but you'll end up striping down the whole top end and all the plastic guards on the front . anyways click here if your up for the challenge . same thing in my own garage w8ing for parts.
http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c15280067cce

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