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Old 06-12-2018, 08:39 AM
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04- Marauder-201,410 Dreaded Ticking

I have a 2004 Mercury Marauder with 201,454 miles.

It has the dreaded chatter on start up and
under load and when driving you can hear the ticking. It definitely is the chain slapping around and the tensioners are surely worn out. When idling after driving it is quite noticeable also. I SHOULD have paid more attention when
then chatter started back in march, after I took the car out of it's winter hibernation.. A good mechanic said he COULD do all the work to open up the engine cover. But he is a bit hesitant, bc of the high mileage and he does not know what he might find, once he get in the engine.. He gets $75.00 an hour and thinks it could take 15-20 hours labor not including parts.

The mechanic suggested I DO NOT drive the car bc of the chattering.
I am not handy enough to do the work. Plus I spend a bunch of $$ having the AC cooling system re-done and the right rear axel seal went bad.

So instead of having the work done on my current engine. It was suggested I get a replacement engine with less miles. As it would be cheeper to swap engines. Any suggestions/advise as to where I could get a engine with lower miles. Any members have a Marauder engine, they want to sell?

The mechanic I talked to said one could even get a long block Ford engine and put it in the Marauder.. Any thought on that.

I would hate to have to sell the car now but that might be a last resort.

I live in NY in the Hudson Valley area, 60 min from Rockland County, Wetchester County. Bergan County NJ Area.

Thank you for the advise

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Old 06-12-2018, 09:01 AM
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it should cost like $1200 -1500 range for labor and parts. find a new mechanic. used motor will be $1500-:3000, plus labor. dont see how that is cheaper
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:06 AM
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He seamed to think it was cheeper to drop in a new engine. As if you could get one with less miles, it might last longer then mine at just over 200,000

I know the engine on the Marauder is good. But how may miles realistically can you get out of one.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:10 AM
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there are members on here with 250,000 to over 300,000 miles
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lower miles engine, no guarantee that timing chains do nit need done. seen them replacec in the low 100k mile range
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True one could run into the same problem with the chain tensioner problem with another engine
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:35 AM
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it's a judgement call, spend $2500-4000k for motor and swap or $1500 for timing chains. parts are about $450. depends on your budget, cash avail. is it a keeper, or want upgrade in a couple years etc.
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Once you do all that work with the chains and tensioners. Do people usually do the water pump,Upper and lower radior roses spark plugs and Crank shaft seal plus oil change?
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15-20 hours to change the tensioners and guides???!! While I haven't done this job myself, that seems way high.
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Whatever you do, DO NOT start it up again... The noise was your warning, there are plenty of people here that gambled and lost...
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Another member here (Seneca) changed my tensioners and guides in about 8 hrs and that was moving pretty slow, we went out to lunch and taking a bit to burp the coolant system.

https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...ghlight=seneca

It was the passenger side tensioner that failed, caused slack in the chain and it ate up the nylon plastic on one of the guides.
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15-20hrs is completely ridiculous, I wouldn’t use that mechanic.

Even if you go get a used engine, you should replace the timing components anyways, so that’s not going to save you any money.
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Yes 15-20 hrs seems high. Unfortunately I am kind of stuck, hard to find another mechanic where I am. But I can try. Sadly I have driven the car for longer then I should have with the chatter at start up. Now it makes the noise at idling and driving. I hope hat work could still be done on it, and metal has not collected in the oil pan and traveled around the engine.

I am VEY ANNOYED at myself for not addressing the chattering sooner.

Thank you letting me know about the member who did the work. I can PM him
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PM Marty...he used to live near you and perhaps he can recommend someone.
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PM Marty...he used to live near you and perhaps he can recommend someone.
I am PMing him now.
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