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Old 01-02-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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how to know if timing belt was changed

is there a way to tell if the timing belt and pullys have been changed? the previous owner didnt tell me anything about it. im at 108k and if it hasnt been changed im gonna get to it asap.


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Old 01-02-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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not really and you should do it just to know it was done get the parts from tousleyford
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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No way of knowing even if the belt looks new from the outside it can be all cracked and stretched on the inside, trust me it happened to me.

Call the dealer where the car was serviced and they might tell u. Thats what i did. Car fax showed what ford dealer the prev owner took it to, i called and asked, they told me all the service record of the car
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Yup the guys are right, rather just replace it or find out where the car was serviced and they can check if it was changed or not. I am on 161 000km now and changed mine too, the new belt is very solid and you could see wear and tear on it after i had removed it.

Dont take a chance dude, rather change it!
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When in doubt, change it out.
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If the car miles are up there then look closely at the pulley plastic and spin them. The plastic often starts fine cracking around bearing perimeter to break into pieces at higher mileages.
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Mine looked really good from the top... But look how it looked underneath when mat and i took it out



Serp belt looked even better lol

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Here is another local member's belt we changed out and it only had 65k mi on it.









Like I said, when in doubt change it out.
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The teeth can look rough like that after five minutes of normal use. Meaning diagnosis looking at teeth alone is very often worthless. Now the edge stripping on the backside is an altogether different issue................that should not be happening.
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