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Old 02-24-2005, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Cavilier Z24 Timing Chain - How often to replace?

I'm absolutly anal when it comes to auto maintenance. Of course the other half isn't exactly that way. I was surprised to find out that her Cavilier actually has a timing chain and not a belt. She has about 80K miles on the thing now. Having never owned a little 4 banger with a timing chain long enough to know these things....what kind of mileage should she get out of a timing chain before I should look at having it replaced?
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Old 02-24-2005, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't think the Z24 came with a 4 banger? I thought they were all 3.6 - anyhoo I doubt that 4 cyl will have enough umph to stretch a chain...but normal wear should last about 100K miles
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I didn't think the Z24 came with a 4 banger? I thought they were all 3.6 - anyhoo I doubt that 4 cyl will have enough umph to stretch a chain...but normal wear should last about 100K miles

Yep, 2.7L 4 banger.
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Yep, 2.7L 4 banger.
Sure it's not a 2.4? It's the Quad 4 (not the Ecotec), correct? If so, I have one in my '96 Cavalier with 181,xxx miles & have never touched the timing chain.

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a 6 was never optioned in the cav...
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Sure it's not a 2.4? It's the Quad 4 (not the Ecotec), correct? If so, I have one in my '96 Cavalier with 181,xxx miles & have never touched the timing chain.

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I think your right. The smaller engine was the 2.2L. My wife's 2.2 has 145,xxx on it and the only thing I have done is replace the wires, plugs, and fuel filter at 100k.
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While we should be smacking you around, for posting TECH like this in Shit Shat, you should ask a few questions: Does it really have a timing CHAIN, or a BELT? (I have no idea!) On my 4-bangers, they all have belts, that need to be replaced every 80,000 miles.
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a 6 was never optioned in the cav...

dumbass this is a Cav Z24 - go back to your hole
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Yup, the early Z24's had 2.8's & 3.1's. The current body style never had a 6 though. BTW, the 2.4L Quad 4 used in the Z24 was also standard in the LS 4-door, which is the most common version out on the street (can you say sleeper? ).

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Yup, the early Z24's had 2.8's & 3.1's. The current body style never had a 6 though. BTW, the 2.4L Quad 4 used in the Z24 was also standard in the LS 4-door, which is the most common version out on the street (can you say sleeper? ).

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hey Benzo, are you going to try to convince me now that you can buy a Neon or a Focus with a 6? Perhaps a saturn coupe with a 6? oh, I know, how about a pontiac Sunfire...
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Sure it's not a 2.4? It's the Quad 4 (not the Ecotec), correct? If so, I have one in my '96 Cavalier with 181,xxx miles & have never touched the timing chain.

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Yeah, your correct. I was thinking Toy
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I can tell ya even more The original Quad 4 was a 2.3, the new one is a 2.4. The 2.4 has a smaller bore & longer stroke. Stuffing a 2.4 crank in a 2.3 makes a 2.7, which is what GM did for an Oldsmobilie pace car some years back.

Oh yeah, the '88 & '89 2.3's were notorious for head gasket failures. The replacement part typically put the problem to rest.

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You shouldn't ever have to replace the chain and even if it ever does get that bad I'm pretty sure the 2.7 isn't a clearence head.

They must have really changed the 4 banger because all the Iron Duke based 2.5's had gears that DID go bad and were gravy work to replace if'n you knew the secrets.
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