1998 Ford Explorer 4x4 4.0 SOHC Timing




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9T89: You could easily fix it yourself. Those astronomical costs are from dealership labour costs. Parts are loke 1/6th the cost and the how-to knowledge is out there and FREE.

Patrick Smith: Explorerforum and Rockauto...nuff said.

knightrider1545: Now I know why, the OHV version are for women and the "cologne" sohc is for guys.

Cody Capek: do you really have to pull the engine to replace the timing chain on 2000 ford explorer

martin jimenez: ayuda tengo una explorer 2000 motor 4.0 de 3 cadenas me venden un motor 4.0 efi le quedara porque no se de cuantas cadenas es solo se que es 1997 aunque a vista todo esta del otro lado me refiero a donde van las bujias el distribuidor el mio estan de lado derecho y el otro estan de lado izquierdo esto afecta

thekingtut0001: When i bought my 98 Explorer i thought it had a timing belt in it so i called the ford dealership to see how much it was to replace it. They said it had a timing chain & it would cost $2500.00 to replace. That's messed up that this is a common problem on the Explorers & that this is what i have to look forward to down the road with my Explorer, THANKS FORD!

matt young: Same thing they told me on my 02 Exploder a coule months ago. $2500 to fix it. I'll never buy another Ford!

michaelheiland123654: @jeepluv76 if you buy the explorer with the 4.0 ohv engine you dont need to worry about timing chain change they last for ever.

kokaneeassault: i got sohc 1998 too mine had the "death raddle scince 190k its still running a lil less power but still handles everything i need it for its my daily driver and its sits at 309k

thekingtut0001: Now that it's 2012 & i have a 98 Explorer when this happens i won't be getting it fixed,the repair will cost more than the whole truck wish i had known about this before i bought the Explorer with the 4.0 sohc engine, that's what i get for not doing my research.THANKS FORD!

tonytiger2004: THANKS FOR ALL THE VIEWS!!!

W1LLk1LLzYoU: you need a new motor, this happened to mine, and now its sitting out front with a $500 written on the windshield!

tonytiger2004: @TheDisco672 Only issue was bad Timing Guides.. The Design is Quite Unique its a very strong engine.. Once you get past the timing Guide Issue. Once they are replaced the engine will run and run strong for years. Long as you get good guides (Gates, Or new FORD Updated Guides)

Brian Potter: My Jeep 4.0 is running perfectly

tonytiger2004: @jeepluv76 Almost $3,000 Was the cheapest i came across.. To do the Complete Timing Job the Engine must be REMOVED from the vehicle. The drives the price way up.. And then to actually time it is a extensive procedure.. If at all possible and your mechanically inclined its 1000s Cheaper to do the job yourself. The parts alone are anywhere from $250 $400 Dollars The tool is $250 thats $500 - $650. Of course you will need Valve Cover Gaskets, Intake Gaskets etc... But once its done, Ur Good

franciscorosado78: Recanpino

ozmedia: Cool, my sister had a Jeep, Barbie drives one too!

feli1725: I have an 02' explorer and it runs fine but when i turned it on the other day it made this really loud clanking noice like it sounds when you stick a can or a card in the back of a bicycle wheel... i took out the engine and the onlly that i knew of that was wrong with it was that the tentioner was loose, but i looked at the guide and it was wore out do u think thats what is? i already the whole new timing kit as well.

tonytiger2004: @jeepluv76 My Explorer has 132k Miles... They usually go out anywhere from 80k to 150k Miles. The thing is.. Essentially if you have This Engine you should go on and plan to replace the guides.. Often you don't know they are broken.. Some people cant hear the Death Rattle. But once you get it done its a solid Engine. But, I bought my Explorer off a buddy and it was not running.. The engine in the video is a doner engine, mileage unknown but below 100k Original engine locked up (lack of oil)

tonytiger2004: have you checked all 4 guides/tensioners given its the 4.0 SOHC though after like 01 02 they no longer had the timing chain issue, Not to say that they do or will not have a timing issue. Best way is to drop the oil pain check for timing guide pieces and or metal shavings or pieces of any kind that obviously do not belong.. DO remember to check the oil pump strainer for pieces.

David Darlow: I am in the process of starting this on a friend's 02 Ford Explorer. I was amazed of how many complaints that are on the internet from pissed off customers about this engine. Ford really outdid themselves on this design lol. Plastic guides on a metal timing chain lol. After doing the repair, you might find yourself doing it again at some point in the near future. I have heard the phrase "boat anchor" quite often over the last week :)

knightrider1545: It would be if i knew how to make stuff like that, and the engine would last longer.

Nathan Mauldin: All of your 4.0L videos have been extremely helpful as I am in the middle of my first timing chain/guide swap on this particular engine. Thanks for the help.

michaelheiland123654: you like the new Explorer it got a new different engine?

hanratty450: is it really worth a new chain

tonytiger2004: @michaelheiland123654 Exactly, Its actually a really great engine once you get past the timing issue.

lowlow643: @ tonytiger2004 i have the same car you have with same engine,and i need to change the gaskets,is true that i need to drop the engine for changing the engine gaskets ? and so for the timing chains ? if so what else do i need to change if the engine needs to be dropped down ? and a lot of thanks

RANTING WILL: is the 97 engine the same as this? Cuz i need to replace the timing chain on it.

tonytiger2004: @kokaneeassault Wow thats Remarkable.. Still running with the Rattle for so many miles.. My Chasis has 143k On the Odometer.. Previous Owner starved it of oil. Which caused some of the guides to fail, But engine is actually locked up from Piston Cap Coming Off Rod Bent. Doner engine needs the timing kit (which is engine Pictured in the video)

lblnksm: Thank you I like to think that I lam mechanically inclined but this is one job I wish I could afford to to have done. I don't see how chains can do a better job than a cam shaft.

michaelheiland123654: @jeepluv76 Explorer with that 4.0 sohc they are great engine but poor desing weak timing chain tensioner that they only problem they have period.

halleffect1: dumbest design ever. you have to pull the motor or trans to do the passenger side chain.

knightrider1545: I have a very good suggestion, it sounds dumb but simple, just somehow weld a gear tensioner which is small and can be adjusted to specific needs which will glide with the timing chain, high heat resistant, able to go many Rpms, verg good bearings and your all done except trying to fit rignt.

tonytiger2004: The Kit yes.. as with this engine in your unable to get to the back timing chain components, its possible to replace the front primary without removing the engine.. But if your going through any timing install on this engine, i recommend installing the whole timing chain Kit Cloyes 9-0398S (for 4x4) the 4x4 version has the balance shaft.

lblnksm: Do I have to pull the engine to install the timing chain kit? Thanks

ejlarson249: I'd say that is a suggestion. Now, you make that part and sell it cheap and it actually is a very good suggestion.

tonytiger2004: @jeepluv76 It isnt so much Going over 4000RPMs, Its keeping the Oil Changed Regularly Keeping the engine free of Gunk. What happens is aside from the guides being made of crappy plastics and little to 0 Metal Reinforcement. Tends to happen most often with people who dont change their oil regularly and flush it. The oil has to go from bottom to top of both Heads to lube the Timing Parts.. Thicker the oil gets the harder and longer it takes to get to the top. Alot of people install Pre Oilers now.

matt young: Thats why they call them Expolders!

Matt Morrow: I've got a 1998 Explorer XLT with the 4.0 sohc. Mechanic told me $1500 if it ever needs to be replaced. Haha NOT!! I'll pull the motor myself and drop an old carbureted 5.0 in it and screw the EFI and cats and junk. I don't like these fancy new engines. I like old pushrod v8s & inline 6s!

Devon metters: What if the chain already slipped?

wafrederick: The Ford 4.0s,it is cheaper to buy a reman engine from Jasper or Ford.It gets expensive,more than the reman engine when the timing chains go bad.

tonytiger2004: @michaelheiland123654 They also had Head Problems.. the 4.0 OHV Engines, The SOHC Is a much better engine.. Once you get past the Timing Chain Issues. Much Stronger engine, i wouldnt want to run a 4.0 OHV in a 4x4.. But thats just me.

Haider Younis: Hello.am iraqi i work m7canical ilove ford all year thanks for all

knightrider1545: Maybe one of the least reliable engines but its the best sounding engine in my book.

Dan Dwyer: mines in getting fixed for the rattle now. I'm not happy with ford's design!

michaelheiland123654: @jeepluv76 I would do it ASAP with that miles, The Explorer with the 4.0 OHV engine does not have this problem.

428ranger: how much tighter did the right rear timing chain get compared to the video after the chain replacement?

michaelheiland123654: @tonytiger2004 the 4.0 ohv engine does not have head problem? who told you that the 4.0 ohv engine one of the best engine built by ford?
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