Im sure they wont go as far as replacing a cam and lifters but i may get a free OPDA?
Does that mean im stuck flipping the bill?
Also, the camshaft gear itself looks OK(or at least it doesnt seem to have as much wear on its gear as the gear on the OPDA assembly), but while the engine is apart, how much is a camshaft itself? CHeapest place to get a stock replacement just in case?
........also do you think I should be replacing the camshaft as well? $180 for an OEM one.
Do you think the camshaft itself is OK?
I hope this post addresses the quotes above and, in turn, can help me decide how to close this story of woe. Forgive the length, please. . .
As with many (but certainly not ALL) of us, my saga began with the dreaded Laughing Monkey. It was there on each cold start up, then went away with a quick rev of the engine. This was Monday, May 9th. I'll spare you the details other than to say that I initially thought it was a bad alternator bearing, tension pulley or idler wheel. When all three had been excluded thru inspection of the former and replacement of the two latter, I had resolved to drive it no more until I could properly diagnose the source. . . after one quick trip to the bank. Then it happened; complete shut down at 65 mph.
For the first time my Rubi was at the wrong end of a winch going onto a trailer to get home. After much hair-pulling, gnashing of teeth, and searching on JF, I recalled a thread I'd briefly read last year about the OPDA. (At the time, I'd said "glad I don't have that problem" and burried my head in the sand.) So I found the thread, pulled the OPDA, and obviously, I found my culprit. Taking advice I'd read in this or another OPDA thread, I spoke to the service writer at the nearest dealer and explained the situation.
He hadn't (nor had any of his techs) heard of the problem, but he vowed to push Chrysler on my behalf. So, I brought it to them to replace the OPDA, inspect the cam, and make a formal recommendation. Result: bad OPDA and observed premature cam wear
, replaced OPDA, and recommended cam replacement due to probable eminent failure
I've opened a case with Chrysler, and based on the service writer's insistence, they've agreed to cover a certain percentage of the repairs. I've got two estimates from the service writer for the repair/replacement; one for OEM, and the second for aftermarket. The tech recommends a 505Performace cam. I've talked with Zach at 505 and determined that the Stage 1 Cam kit, which will actually be about 30% less expensive, is what he recommends. Other searching has turned up Hesco as an alternative. Based on what I've learned thus far, I'm inclined to add a few horses with the aftermarket option. [Edit: based on what I've now learned, I will be replacing with OEM]
505's Stage 1 Kit including gasket set is about $413, Hesco's would be about $600, but will require additional machine work (extra labor $) on the head.
Thanks to all, especially Willydigger