Originally Posted by Sschoner
Just got the call from the dealer... saying it needs a new engine..can replace came and lifters for $3600 bit have metal shavings all over. $8000 for a engine installed... what have others done? Is it worth the risk to save money?
If it's any consolation, the figures you've quoted are exponentially more painful up here, north of the 49th. Cam and lifter replacement rolls in at about $6K. Long block installed sets us back about $12K. I've opted to replace the engine cuz I have no idea (nor does the dealer) where the debris from the failed cam is residing in the engine. Some observers suggest that the material from a failed cam/lifter is no more than metallic mush and will not be an issue. However, you'll be hard pressed to find a dealer service dept or independent mechanic that will offer an assurance that said debris will not be deleterious to the engine down the road. I'll sell the beast in a year or two and swallow the loss but know that the engine is somewhat of a clean slate as opposed to a cam/lifter job that may potentially be another engine fail waiting to happen.