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2 & a half years after the fact and I have some answers! :) The hubby sent my Balt off to a local guy who is a former gm employee. 2 days, a new timing chain, & timing chain tensioner, & she's running like a champ! Best part of it all? The guy wants body work done so this was done with no out of pocket cost. The hubs will have to "eat" about $800 for the guy's truck, but he'll at least break even after paint and materials. And maybe make something if the guy gets the whole thing done.

Now to decide what to do with the balt. Driving a no payment vehicle for a while doesn't sound bad, but now would be the time to trade her in or sell it and use that as down payment on another lease. Oh well, I've got time... lease on crv isn't up til feb.

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She should be good for 10 years now....
 

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She should be good for 10 years now....
Would've thought that from the factory too. :-/

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No, the time to trade it is before you fix an issue! Lol you should be good for a while driving the balt

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Probably, lol but them I would've been REALLY upside down on it. Now I'm only a little upside down. ;-)

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And it wasnt paid for when it croaked, so it would've been a pain to get out of it what was left on the loan at the time.

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From now on keep the oil topped-up and change it regularly, these ecotec don't like low oil levels and old oil. Even if you don't have 3000 miles change it after 6 months or at least after each winter. Had you come on these forums before the incident we might have saved you all this grief.
 

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Yeah, I was here long ago. Been a long time battle with misfires, new coil pack, throttle body, injectors, plugs, etc. Oil got changed every 4-6 mos regardless of what the comp said. And in the past couple of days. (It wasnt black, but rough, & I'm pretty sure that was from sitting for 2+ yrs.) Hoping my local dealer gets parts in for this ignition recall soon so I can just take her in and get that and the power steering done. (With my issues before she died I was always in to a wrench for something and didnt have time to get the ps done.

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*4-6 months not 16!

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But,but,but this was your comment after it let go.

"Not one hundred percent, but not much to go on with no codes. :-( She's got 68xxx miles. Oil changes every 3000 miles. It's been about a year since the last one, but I only drive about 12 miles a day, so she's just now due."
Just saying if it was over a year and you didn't regularly check the oil and it became low, that this is often the cause of timing chain stretch. It stretches to the point that the tensioner can't keep it tight and it jumps a cog. I'm not trying to be judgemental, I'm just trying to warn others that this is critical for the ecotec. Better to be a bit overfull than low on the dip stick.
 
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