Can someone continue to drive his Chevy traverse with a timing chain issue?
HI to all:
I own a Chevy traverse 2009 with 181K miles already. Last year when I try to replaced the timing chain, the dealer told me that they couldn't do it because one of the engine cylinders was bad, and as a result my car needed an engine replacement. After spending $4700 on an used engine, the car was given back to me, with a 3 months warranty. I did the job on May of 2016 so the warranty lasted until August 2016. The service advisor at Porter Chevrolet in Delaware told me that I only had 3 months of warranty. When I got the car, the car felt funny, for example for some reason the car will slow down, lets say I was about to take an exit and the car will slow so much that no matter how much you press the accelerator, it will not go more than 10 mph, this will only last for less than 30 seconds, sometimes more, then the car will go back to normal. I explain that to the dealer, I took the car, they try to duplicate the issue and they couldnt. I was told that a purge solonoid was bad and needed replacement, they did and I was still having issues. Later the car did not cause the slow issue anymore, but a check engine light came up, when I inserted my ODBII reader, there were some codes pending so I couldn't check. I spoke to my service advisor again, and in November he told me to bring it, but because of familiy issues I couldn't. I drive back and forth between Ny and Delaware and I was in NY at that time. Now when I took my car last month to the dearer, the service advisor I spoke no longer works there and when they check the car, the codes finally came up, Po008, Po017, Po016, now the dealer wants to charged me $2600 to replace timing chain because when they put the engine in May of last year they did not replaced the timing chain. I try to talk to them but no luck , not even Chevy has help me either, it has been useless talking to them or the dealer. At this point I am frustrated with this car because if I spend another $2600 on this car, that will bring me to almost $7500 in less than a year . I dont know what to do, so my question is, can I drive my car without replacing the timing chain? what are the consequences I can have in the long run? Your help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.