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Old 06-12-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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upper timing belt cover

Besides the extra care of not working on the car with a tie on, what are the disadvantages to having the cover not installed?


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Old 06-12-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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the pain of putting it back on when its off lol
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I've been wondering if it is okay to just leave the top cover off too, I'd kinda like to visually see when the belt gets old, but am kinda worried, wouldn't dirt get between the gear and belt and cause faster wearing? Not to mention if a big enough object was to fly in there is could throw the timing off?

And then if you were to leave it off, couldn't you take the black plate behind the idler off too, since its only purpose is to make a place for the top cover to screw to?
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Disadvantages might be rocks or debris getting in the timing belt gears. Also, if you track your car, some groups require the timing belt to be covered. Currently mine is off. I also notched mine a bit in front so I can remove/install without having to take the motor mount off.
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I didn't put mine back on when I did my timing belt. It's pretty high up there and there's a lot of stuff blocking debris from reaching it. I would be a lot more concerned about not having the lower cover.

I did pick up an extra cover to tinker with and eventually put back on, though. But only after I make some alterations to it...
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It is in case oil or coolant sprays in the compartment. Or you go through a large puddle, the kind that hydrolocks CAI's. Also I've seen issues of stuff falling down inside the lower covers and chewing up the belt. (bolts, rocks)

I painted mine and reused it.
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If you want a cool idea, check this out.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...242773&page=12
its the second pic down. i am gonna steal it. Keeps crap out of the belts, but you can still see the cam gears. Nice...
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That picture looks like they basically cut out the fender side of the cover.

I have heard that another disadvantage is the hood gets painted with more oil. I like the notching out around the mount through so you can pull it on and off with out the engine mount needing to come off. I think the engine bay looks sharp with it off... but dont want to risk anything. Has any one heard stories about damage to the timing belt on the Foci when a cover is not used?
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I have never had one on my car since i bought it. 150k worth. Only problem is the belts does throw shit up on the hood. But i keep it clean . I am under the hood almost every day, but thats me...
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i dont have mine..cause it broke when I was checking my belt.
I havent had anything happen
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