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Old 10-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Love/Hate relationship with my SVT

Well I got 17,000 miles of joy since my last rebuild. Just took off valve cover after break down. At quick glance looks like all valves are shot. I think Ford really stands for "For Only the Really Dedicated". I love driving the little car so much! Wish Ford had a better idea with the t belt pulley other than plastic. Pulley broke now the car is back on the jack stands for another tear down.


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Old 10-05-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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I see more of them for sale as part out candidates now than ones that are worthy of purchase for driver. When I get some cash and space, I will buy a couple so I can restore one.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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did you use OEM timing parts?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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got all the rebuild parts last time from ford dealer and autozone. Cant remember where I got pulley. Come to think of it, not sure I replaced the pulley. WHAT AN IDIOT!
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That will get ya. You should replace all the part with brand new. Some say go OEM but honestly it's the OEM ones that have failed, and before someone says the Gates brand fails too, that is open to interpretation due to possible installation error. Plus we know of only two that supposedly had failed Gates brand pulleys. Two vs the millions sold does not make it a bad part. I run nothing but the Gates on both my cars with no problems. I'm weary of the OEM ones due to the failures that have happened even before the recommend change interval (which should be 60-80k mi on interference motors, some brands even less).
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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Funny you mention that....

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That will get ya. You should replace all the part with brand new. Some say go OEM but honestly it's the OEM ones that have failed, and before someone says the Gates brand fails too,
I should have taken a picture but what I saw was so small I don't think it would be visible....an actual Ford brand OEM accessory belt idler pulley, on the inside (next to block when mounted) embossed with BOTH the 'Ford oval' logo AND the 'Gates' script logo. It did make me stop and think. But, I do agree that using correct torque matters a great deal.
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Gates redesigned the tensioners. Instead of having a fork like pointer to put into the "window" it has a actual point on it now. I have also heard that the OEM ones are made by Gates but I have no proof about that. What I do know is that the stock parts have failed and the only Gates ones that have failed were just two and the installations were questionable. I've installed at least a dozen timing belt on zetec's and SVT's with no problems, I've even had to fixed botched timing belt jobs that were done wrong.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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I have also heard that the OEM ones are made by Gates but I have no proof about that.
I actually saw a pulley with BOTH logos on it last Friday...You almost need a magnifying glass to see them. I can confirm what you heard.

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What I do know is that the stock parts have failed and the only Gates ones that have failed were just two and the installations were questionable. I've installed at least a dozen timing belt on zetec's and SVT's with no problems, I've even had to fixed botched timing belt jobs that were done wrong.
I think any moving part with ball bearings in it will fail in time. In another six to eight years we'll hear about the Gates pulleys failing too as they rack up the miles.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Well it was a late night but the head is off. No piston damage, much to my surprise. With the other timing belt snafoo, it took out two pistons but it also snapped off several valves. This time it only bent all 16 valves. I use "only" because it keeps me from not blowing MY gasket( haha). Valves from Ford were pretty pricey, is this the only place to get the valves or is there somewhere else that sells as good of valves cheaper. I am not trying to chince out, this is my daily driver. Just don't want to break the bank this time. I have not yet checked with Steve at his dealership yet since I did just find out extent of damage late last night with my friend J. Beam keeping my nerves cooled off. Any positive info as always is appreciated. Thanx again in advance to you all since I know I will get some good advice

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Wait so the SVT uses a Volvo tensioner?
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