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I have a 1998 explorer which makes loads of noise. told its the timming chain which is at the back of the engine,been also told by a grinning half laughing mechanic that it will cost me thousands to fix. he is happy though to buy the vehicle for next to no money? whats that all about if it will cost thousands to fix?

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First of all the timing chain in in the front of the engine .Second it is time to find a mechanic who is professional enough to handle his customer in the proper way and who is not in the market for a 98 explorer.

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    when does it make noise?

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FORD: 1997-2000 EXPLORER, MOUNTAINEER
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tx2605~us~en~file=caution.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: THE XU2Z-6K254-AA TENSIONER KIT IS FOR INSTALLATION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ENGINE ONLY. INSTALLATION OF THIS KIT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ENGINE MAY RESULT IN ENGINE FAILURE. IF A TENSIONER IS NEEDED FOR THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ENGINE, USE KIT XU3Z-6K254-BA.
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