Q: whats the cost of replacing timing chains and plugs cover gaskets and plug wires?

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I took car to a mobile diagnostics here in town and the guy says it sounds like a loose timing chain .. The car sputters on highway and sounds like loose aluminum when I hit the gas.. Any other suggestions before I spend over 1000bux to fix this

My car has 138000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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