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My 1993 Dakota Club cab Mangnum 3.9 V6 has been leaking antifreeze. Mechanic said the fan clutch was bad & replaced it 9/6/10, but they could not find a leak in the radiator or reservoir(which were both empty)...checked fluids 10/2 & both radiator & reservoir are bone dry again....mechanic now says there's a hairline crack in the "water" lines that run through the timing cover(?) & it's blowing out fluid through that crack. They also want to check the timing chain when pulling the front end down to see if that needs changing at the same time (135k miles).... They're talking $1200 for fixing both including labor. Does this sound legit?

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The price seems really high. I have the 3.9 and if the timing cover is cracked you would be getting coolant in the oil. And 135,000 miles on a timing chainis low, it still has many years left. I think I would try another mechanic. good luck

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