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Old 03-28-2015, 06:35 AM   #1
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SPI Focus w/"broke timing belt"

We are looking for a car for my 17 y/o daughter and came across a 2002 Sedan listing that indicates "broke timing belt". The seller texted back that it is the SPI engine. We may go look at it.

I am going to pull the plugs, drain some of the oil, spin the crank and a few other things to try and determine if the car is worth our time. This forum is a great source of info and I am appreciative that the members share their experiences and knowledge.

If it is really just the timing belt, I will replace the head with a reman unit ($259) when replacing the timing belt, water pump, etc, with the hope of reducing the chances of near term valve seat failure.

After reading some threads on head replacement, it seems pretty straight forward, remove manifolds, accessory bracket, etc and the head comes off. Besides the engine gasket set (head, exhaust, intake) will I need any other consumable parts such as fuel injector seals, etc?

If the current owner let the timing belt break at 150k, I suspect the maintenance history isn't the best. I will price the car based on it needing a lot of maintenance (fuel filter, brakes, tie rods, lower control arms, etc).

Anything I am missing or key points are appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Add head bolts to the "consumables' list.

Sounds like you have an idea on checks to try to determine if a valve seat drop or overheating/head gasket leaks etc. are part of the existing issues. Always a "cross fingers" situation until it's running & driving again for a full evaluation.

Still solid & in decent condition overall it may be a good deal at the right price.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:44 AM   #3
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I will only pay scrap value for a car that I can't test drive. It's a high risk deal when you can't even see the engine working. Why is he selling it with just a broken cam belt ?
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:46 PM   #4
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X2 to the last post. Could be saying belt to troll for suckers................and common for those who don't take care of these cars to severely overheat them to meltdown too. Look at the cooling fan resistor at top of radiator, if melted pass car up.
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