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Old 11-18-2012, 05:17 AM
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Camshaft replacement

Hey guys, I was talking with a mechanic and he was sayin the cam needs replaced every 200k. Is there any truth to that because that seems way to often.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:02 AM
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Um...no. A camshaft is not a consumable part. There's no life-span on the cam. Find a new mechanic; and fast.


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He is not correct.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:57 AM
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haha well depending on how much you idle and how frequently you change your oil it may need replaced by 200k.

What he's trying to get at is lifter failure is becoming more common in high miles/high hours vehicles. I still think this is due to a lack of maintanence but nothing is definititive yet. It seems to happen much more often in econolines or heavier trucks.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:04 AM
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Well, its the guy I called for a pre purchase inspection and its a 6.0 if that matters.

Basically youre saying maybe under severe duty.and tons of idling?
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yes maybe. it has happened and they haven't been total coincidental failures
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:25 PM
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Thanks, guys. I'll remember that. And I'll see about a different tech looking at it tomorrow when I go up. Unfortunately it's an hour away so I can't bring it to my regular mechanic to see before I buy.
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