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Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

As you know, I picked up a 2000 JGC Limited with the 4.7 engine. He had all sorts of trouble with his (2) that he had in the past... Told me to youtube "4.7 timing chain replacement"

He also said that not all 4.7's are compatible if you happen to need to swap the engine. I can understand that.

So, at how much mileage should I look into doing the timing chains, guides and tensioners?

Also, any other thing to look out for?

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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

I can't say when you need to do the timing chain work, but I can speak to your concern about the 4.7L. I have owned 2 Dodge Dakotas with the 4.7. Both were very dependable, and produced ample power. My first Dakota, I was really looking for a 5.2 or a 5.9. I was surprised with how well the engine performed.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:17 PM
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

The 4.7 has a HO version

I am at 215k and still original chain
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

my '02 4.7HO was rock solid, purred like a kitten, after 197k...I ran it hard but treated it to proper fills of Amsoil from birth and gave it to my son 'til he shipped off to college...never had a lick of trouble from the engine just 2 water pumps....now the dual zone climate control and those em effing blend and recirc doors/actuators and aftermarket heat cores, well, good riddance!

regarding the timing chain, it never popped up on my radar as a wise preventative so I let that dog sleep...she had a minor driver side/bank only tick (not the hemi tick) that never progressed so I also let that dog sleep. I really did run that motor hard but I pampered it with all proper maintenance....rear elsd started shedding metal from a fast leak I nor my son noticed quick enough and she got nailed with golf ball sized hail that I took the $6k insurance money and pocketed so i sold her for $3k to someone who needed a mule...
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

269.000 km on my 4.7 and i only had to change the valve stem seals and one waterpump. Very dependable engine.
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The 4.7 has a HO version

I am at 215k and still original chain
My 2002 JGC Overland had the 4.7 HO V8 motor. I loved that truck and had 0 issues for the 14 years I owned it! Lots of power, decent gas mileage, and that is why I went with the V8 Hemi in my 2014 JGC Overland!
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

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My 2002 JGC Overland had the 4.7 HO V8 motor. I loved that truck and had 0 issues for the 14 years I owned it! Lots of power, decent gas mileage, and that is why I went with the V8 Hemi in my 2014 JGC Overland!
The hemi now is nothing but failures.

This is what I am seeing
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The hemi now is nothing but failures.

This is what I am seeing
have no idea where u r getting your info (or is just spreading F.U.D.?) but the first place that would show this reality would be lit up forums about it and it simply is not happening...obviously every platform has issues here and there but the current gen 5.7 Hemi is pretty damm solid. Outside of water pumps and the occasional stray defect the forums are devoid of wide scale "nothing but failures" for the current gen 5.7. 3.6l head failures, some yes but what are you "seeing" on the current 5.7?
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have no idea where u r getting your info (or is just spreading F.U.D.?) but the first place that would show this reality would be lit up forums about it and it simply is not happening...obviously every platform has issues here and there but the current gen 5.7 Hemi is pretty damm solid. Outside of water pumps and the occasional stray defect the forums are devoid of wide scale "nothing but failures" for the current gen 5.7. 3.6l head failures, some yes but what are you "seeing" on the current 5.7?
Well I have 2 techs at jeep Chrysler and every other week is a valve train tick/knock.

1 friend has had his repaired 2 times so far.
1 under his cost 1 under warranty.
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Well I have 2 techs at jeep Chrysler and every other week is a valve train tick/knock.

1 friend has had his repaired 2 times so far.
1 under his cost 1 under warranty.
Most hemi motors have the ticking sound, duh?
The Hemi has been around forever and is a rock solid workhorse!
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

sorry, but IMHO, that data set does not warrant a "The hemi now is nothing but failures...." F.U.D. comment or opinion even though we are all entitled to our own opinions. Top tier gas, regular injector cleaining and high quality engine oil generally are your best approach to the "hemi tick"....solid motor!
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Re: Buddy says 4.7's are a money pit...

I purchased my '04 Columbia Edition with the 4.7HO right at 78k miles and it currently shows 141,xxx. Other than changing plugs at 85k miles, power steering pump, and the regular stuff like oil changes, brakes, and suspension rebuild it has been a great ride. Before it I owned a 2006 Ram QC 4x4 with the 4.7. After an exhaust upgrade, cold air intake, and a Super Chips turner I used that truck to tow a 1968 Plymouth Fury from Phoenix, AZ to eastern Nebraska. While it was not the fastest on the 6% grades that 4.7 held its own. I use synthetic oil and Napa Gold filters on both of these vehicles.
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