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JAZZJIM 12-02-2012 09:49 AM

A dilemma
 
I own a Ford Focus which is now 10 years old but has only done a genuine 30,000 miles. I would ask for opinions as to when the Timing Belt should be changed?

sbc17 12-02-2012 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by JAZZJIM (Post 4480063)
I own a Ford Focus which is now 10 years old but has only done a genuine 30,000 miles. I would ask for opinions as to when the Timing Belt should be changed?

Wow only 30k for a 10 year old car. Nice! It's supposed to be a 100k ish belt. But since its 10 years old I would have it done as soon as you can.

GreySkorpion 12-02-2012 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by sbc17 (Post 4480073)
Wow only 30k for a 10 year old car. Nice! It's supposed to be a 100k ish belt. But since its 10 years old I would have it done as soon as you can.

This^^^any rubber will break down with time. I am sure you arent running the original tires and have changed the oil more than 6-10 times. You are talking about the integrity of your engine, so change as soon as possible!

freemind 12-03-2012 03:02 PM

Timing belt, tensioner, idler pulley and water pump. As soon as you can.

seventystangfan 12-19-2012 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by freemind (Post 4481939)
Timing belt, tensioner, idler pulley and water pump. As soon as you can.

How often do you recommend replacing these parts? I distrust the people who owned my car prior to me and I hear that a bad timing belt causes bad problems for the Zetec.

rambleon84 12-19-2012 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by seventystangfan (Post 4504878)
How often do you recommend replacing these parts? I distrust the people who owned my car prior to me and I hear that a bad timing belt causes bad problems for the Zetec.

You can see here for a maintenance guide for your year.

Normally the belt is recommended for 100k iirc and would recommend you do the rest at the same time. Like mentioned above, parts wear out and at different times. If you bought your car with less than 100k and you dont have a service record/receipt of the job being done, then it might be due if you have more miles than that now.

eurolook71 12-21-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by freemind (Post 4481939)
Timing belt, tensioner, idler pulley and water pump. As soon as you can.

Agreed. Maintenance book with my 03 zx3 says 120K miles for belt change. I would change soon too as the rubber breaks down, reducing reliability.

Change everything freemind mentioned at the same time, since it's getting done anyways.

sbc17 12-21-2012 05:36 PM

I think I would replace before 120k. Probably closer to 100k. At this point your(the belts) worst enemy is the time factor. That rubber is now 10 years old.

Bottom line, get it replaced as soon as you can to prevent the worst.

-sbc

Diesel 12-22-2012 01:49 AM

remove cover look at belt. if it looks bad replace it if not wait. water pump no reason to throw that in too. it's not on or behing the T-belt.
From my understanding your european focus is an interfierence motor. A normal US non SVT is non interfierence.


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