Q: What does it mean when a car on Craigslist says "needs timing work" what does that mean, good? Bad? Expensive? Inexpensive?

asked by on July 21, 2016

Guy on Craigslist said the truck needs timing work done. What does this mean. Is it good/bad super expensive inexpensive??? What's my worst case for the price. His exact words were "needs timing work. Runs. Dont have time to work on it."
My car has an automatic transmission.

The engines for this year 4.6 and 5.4 have a camshaft phasers that go bad, and also the timing chain guides may need to be replaced. In order to repair these items on these vehicle, the camshafts would need to be checked and the phasers replaced along with the timing chains and guides. The labor cost is like 15 hours and needs special tools to align the cams. The parts involved are: phasers, chains, tensioners, guides, gaskets, water pump, fluids, and filters. The parts may add up to close to $400 or $500. The total job may be closer to or more than $1500. If you are very interested in the car, then a certified technician from YourMechanic can give the car a pre-purchase inspection to determine the condition of the car before you decide on spending money on this type of work.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Hyundai sonata 2007 or honda accord 2005 both v6

In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. The NHTSA database contains model year specific consumer complaints, official recalls and factory service bulletins...

Will bad engine coils cause the car to not want to accelerate?

Faulty ignition coils can certainly reduce engine power. Ignition coils provide electricity (anywhere from 25 to 50,000 volts) to the spark plugs. That spark ignites the fuel mixture, which forces the pistons down and creating horsepower. With two faulty coils,...

p0340

Some of the common causes of Diagnostic Trouble Code P0340 include camshaft position sensor circuit wiring that is broken, shorted, or corroded; a camshaft position sensor circuit connector that is broken, shorted, or corroded; a faulty camshaft position sensor; a...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 7-Series
When When power, performance and luxury are at the top of your list, the 2012 BMW 7-Series is sure to be a perfect fit. From the stylish design to two length options for enhanced comfort, three available engines and two...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus
The The 2012 Ford Focus brings a lot to the world of compact cars. Available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Focus has great fuel efficiency and European styling that sets it apart from other cars...
How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Car Title in Delaware
There There are several important documents pertaining to your car – the insurance information, for instance. However, there’s nothing more important than the title. This certificate proves that you have ownership of the car, and it’s needed to register the...