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Timing Cover Replacement Service

How much does a Timing Cover Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Ford Fairmont Timing Cover Replacement is $666 with $239 for parts and $427 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1982 Ford FairmontL4-2.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$994.56Shop/Dealer Price$1158.84 - $1550.42
1978 Ford FairmontL6-3.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$1308.84Shop/Dealer Price$1574.27 - $2269.12
1983 Ford FairmontL6-3.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$1308.84Shop/Dealer Price$1574.26 - $2269.10
1978 Ford FairmontL4-2.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$904.56Shop/Dealer Price$1068.81 - $1460.37
1980 Ford FairmontL6-3.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$1308.84Shop/Dealer Price$1574.33 - $2269.23
1979 Ford FairmontL4-2.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$904.56Shop/Dealer Price$1068.91 - $1460.54
1981 Ford FairmontV8-4.2LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$1112.76Shop/Dealer Price$1322.92 - $1853.37
1982 Ford FairmontL6-3.3LService typeTiming Cover ReplacementEstimate$1331.34Shop/Dealer Price$1597.82 - $2293.47
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What is the Timing Cover all about?

The timing cover is an essential component designed to protect the timing belt, timing chain or cam belt of your car from road debris, grime and gravel. The timing belt or chain of your car controls the rotation of the camshafts and crankshaft in the internal combustion engine. As long as they are spinning, the engine’s valves open and close in synchronized movement with each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes.

Depending on the make of your car, it will have a timing belt, timing chain or cam belt. If your car has a timing belt, the timing cover protects it from road debris that can damage and break its teeth. Without the protection of the timing cover, the belt can skip, slip off the timing gears or even break. In case of engines that include a timing belt the timing cover only protects the timing belt and can be made of plastic, metal or both.

In case of cars that have a timing chain, the timing cover secures the front section of the engine block with the help of a timing cover gasket. In this way, the timing gears and chain receive lubrication with the engine oil. If the timing cover gasket breaks, you will notice engine oil leaking. If your car has a timing chain, it will most likely have a metal timing cover.

Keep in mind:

  • If the timing belt slips off the pulleys, your engine will be severely damaged.
  • Most timing belt covers have timing cover gaskets, which help to protect the belt.

How it's done:

  • The vehicle hood is raised and supported
  • The defective timing cover is removed and gasket surfaces are cleaned on engine
  • The new timing cover is installed and tightened to specifications
  • The timing is tested and adjusted as needed and checked for any oil leaks
  • The vehicle hood is closed and road tested for proper operation

Our recommendation:

If the timing belt or chain needs to be replaced, have our expert mechanics check the timing cover for damage and replace it if needed. Remember that oil leaks can damage the timing cover gasket, in which case the gasket can no longer protect the timing belt. If that happens, you need to replace the oil seals, timing belt and gasket together.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Timing Cover?

  • Engine oil and/or coolant leaking
  • A rasping or grating sound coming from the front of the engine
  • Missed timing marks (The crankshafts, and camshafts of the car should be perfectly aligned or timed with the moving pistons of the engine. If there is any misalignment, you will notice a sharp decrease in power when moving up inclines.)

How important is this service?

As part of the regular maintenance schedule, make sure the timing cover is intact and working properly. Debris and grime can not only damage the timing belt of the car, but also damage the engine. Running the car with a damaged timing cover may lead to the timing belt slipping off resulting in severe engine damage.

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John

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John
20 years of experience
Ford Fairmont L6-3.3L - Brake Hose Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front, Driver Side Rear) - Orlando, Florida
John was punctual and pleasant. He knew what he was doing, was familiar with my type of car and completed the work quickly.

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Travis
13 years of experience
Ford Focus L4-2.0L - Timing Cover - Saint Paul, Minnesota
Easy to work with! Texted and called to keep me updated (method based on if I was working or not). Super knowledgeable, let me know parts were not in and was able to reschedule quickly!

Charles

34 years of experience
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34 years of experience
Ford Bronco V8-5.8L - Timing Cover - Austin, Texas
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Allen

36 years of experience
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Allen
36 years of experience
Ford Taurus V6-3.0L - Timing Cover - Debary, Florida
Allen was on time (actually, early). He was pleasant, he knew his stuff, and he explained everything to me when he was done.

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