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Timing Chain DIY?

2008 LS 2.2, I've got 176,000 miles and getting concerned about the timing chain. It's not making noise or anything, but I want to replace it. I actually just replaced the fuel filter for the first time yesterday, I change dino oil every 3000 miles, car runs great!

Question: Has anyone replaced timing chain yourself?
Is it accessible from the wheel well?

I want to do this project, but after looking at videos, it looks like a heck of a task. Most videos show exactly how to do it, but with the engine out of car on a stand. I have tools and always do all my own maintenance, just like to hear from some of you that have done this.

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Maybe all you need is a new tensioner, if you have the first design and it breaks you'll need more than a timing chain. A hoist is extremely handy if you're to do it through the fender well so you can get at it from different heights and angles. Doable on jack stands but awkward body contortion is often needed.

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Maybe all you need is a new tensioner, if you have the first design and it breaks you'll need more than a timing chain. A hoist is extremely handy if you're to do it through the fender well so you can get at it from different heights and angles. Doable on jack stands but awkward body contortion is often needed.
I thought about the tensioner, but figured I'd go all out and replace the water pump while I'm in there too since It's got so many miles on it.

And I don't have a hoist, I'd be doing it on jack stands.

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Okay, take pictures. It isn't a huge job, it just takes time and you have to take your time. Don't forget to bring the engine at top dead before you start. Some bolts are different lenghts so make sure you record which one went where.

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Okay, take pictures. It isn't a huge job, it just takes time and you have to take your time. Don't forget to bring the engine at top dead before you start. Some bolts are different lenghts so make sure you record which one went where.
Ok, good idea on taking pics. There's a good video by Cloyes (they make a timing kit), he goes step by step.

https://youtu.be/evJuIsCD6Gs
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They at least have the revised version of the tensioner.

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