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Old 09-08-2005, 12:02 AM   #11
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Ok..

After tinkering with a few 2.5 Iron dukes, there were 2 versions, one had timming gears which liked to strip and jump time.... Gm later changed that and went to a chain... I have seen a tensioner or 2 break and rub a hole in the timming cover, but none of them ever jumped time...

Now with the 2.2, I have never seen a single one jump time, or have a timming chain break... I can't say that its impossible, but very very rare... Its actually more common that a 2.2 will have head gasket trouble, and usually towards the rear of the block... The correction is to remove the head and have it straightened and possibly shaved if needed and then reinstall with a new head gasket... Most I have seen go 100,000+ before they have any trouble... I have seen a few go before that, but you have to look at how many 2.2'* are on the road as well...

I'm not sure what kind of damage was done to aunts engine... Its possible that it may have locked up... But the question why still remains... Even if it did jump timeand crushed a valve the chances are that it would not have sized up, it may have a point where it will no longer turn due to a valve being crushed in there but not totally locked... I would have been the first person pull the valve cover off to see if any of the vales were damaged... On a 2.2 if you had found a loose looking rocker( very loose ) then chances would be you would have found you crushed valve...

Just make sure she never takes her car back there again... I am hopeful that she will get a lot of life out of the newer 2.2
I talked this over with my dad'* friend and he pretty much came to the same conclusion, as he has alot of expierience with GM engines as well. It is a good lesson learned. If she had only called me before hand so I could send her to my favorite mom and pop mechanic shop....

Thanks for the input.
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Anytime Captain

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No need to bash Midas. There are good and bad techs that work at all types of shops.

In the future, I recommend researching the shops before hiring them. Find out who has the best reputation.
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No need to bash Midas. There are good and bad techs that work at all types of shops.

In the future, I recommend researching the shops before hiring them. Find out who has the best reputation.
Very good point....

Midas here is very very expensive... But they do decent work...

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makes you feel soory for all the women out there at the mercy of these money hungry techs who have you pay for "Their" errors.
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makes you feel soory for all the women out there at the mercy of these money hungry techs who have you pay for "Their" errors.
It really bothers me... Thats for sure...

I am happy to help when a lady friend or Co worker wants me to go look at cars with them... Man I'm sooo picky...

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