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Old 04-16-2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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timing belt replacement

A couple quick questions regarding the timing belt on the SVT engine:

If you have replaced yours (as a maintenance item), at what mileage did you do so?

Is it difficult (on a scale of 1-10)? Do you have to remove any motor mounts to get to it?

Is that engine an 'interference' engine should the belt break?

Thanks in advance!


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From all of my understanding on the subject of SVT timing belts, it is a difficult job to do. There is a special tool that you may want to get that will keep the cams from turning. The SVT motor IS and interferance motor, and parts will break if anything happens to the belt. There is a lot of maintenance items that I can do, and not afraid of doing on my car, but the timing belt is one that I am going to leave to Ford Service.

On a side note: I only have 40k on my car, but I plan to get this taken care of at 60k.
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Can anybody give me an idea as to how much it costs to replace the timing belt? Im about ready to do this too. What have you guys (and girls) paid?
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Can anybody give me an idea as to how much it costs to replace the timing belt? Im about ready to do this too. What have you guys (and girls) paid?
like a 150$ it's not that hard to do! change the water pump ,tensioner and 2 pulleys!
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yeah its not hard... u can use the TDC tool to keep the cams from turning.
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i have an extra question~

when i replaced my time belt
before take old belt off i find that
special tool cant put into both end of cams(another side of cam gear)
but~
after put new belt on
we did adjusted both cams in order to put special tool in and make same level with head

after all this~
i find it since loss some high-rev power(5000-7000)
but
the low-rev since a little bit fine
do i have to retard exhaust cam??
do i must buy adjust exhaust cam gear to retard??
THX ALL~
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This is why I just sucked it up and paid the dealership to do it for me. It just wasnt worth screwing up my engine. I had mine changed around 75k to be on the safe side...others will say 100k or so, but why risk it?

My old belt looked fine, but it was worth the peace of mind IMO. Cost me about 400 bucks to get it done at the dealership.
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400!!! .....dollars??
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This is why I just sucked it up and paid the dealership to do it for me. It just wasnt worth screwing up my engine. I had mine changed around 75k to be on the safe side...others will say 100k or so, but why risk it?

My old belt looked fine, but it was worth the peace of mind IMO. Cost me about 400 bucks to get it done at the dealership.
i replaced my old one about 80000km
my old belt looks fine too, i also replace that for the peace of my mind.
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A couple quick questions regarding the timing belt on the SVT engine:

If you have replaced yours (as a maintenance item), at what mileage did you do so?

Is it difficult (on a scale of 1-10)? Do you have to remove any motor mounts to get to it?

Is that engine an 'interference' engine should the belt break?

Thanks in advance!
Ford recommends timing belt replaced every 60k miles. during this change they recommend timing belt, water pump, tensioner and water jacket (lower hose). You should replace cam seals and valve cover while you are in there as well as I do not recommend re-using them.

I had one of my ASE master mechanics do the job... say the least its a pain in the ass compared to hondas or other belt motors, this is because of the free floating cams that much be locked in place TDC and the crank locked in place with a special "ford only" tool. If not used properly the pin will shear and then you have major issues.

1-10 scale a 7

You should not have to remove motor mounts, but we removed the right mount as it was easier to move the motor around as space is at a premium while you are in there.

Yes it is an interferance motor.

you can get the "ford only tools" by buying the AEM cam gear kit, BUT make sure you buy it from C-F-M as they cut the crank pin to size.. it is too long and needs almost 1/2" cut off for it to work properly.

good luck!
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