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Old 02-24-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Does MK2 have a timing belt, or chain?

I tried to find this by searching with no luck.

If it is a timing belt, what is the recommended mileage to replace it? Has anyone done it, how big a pain? Other things to replace at the same time, such as water pump or seals?

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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You have a duratec. Its a timing chain, no belt to worry about
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No need to worry about it the DURATEC uses a chain.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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Chain. I wouldn't own one with a belt. Timing belts are just asinine. Lets save $20 manufacturing the car so we can cost the owners multiple thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the car.
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Thanks for the responses! I'm glad to hear about the chain.

I'm with you, Miller88, I see no reason for any manufacturer to use a belt. However, even though I've only owned this car 3 days, everywhere I look I see where Ford scrimped every chance they could! I know a lot of it is because mine is a stripper model, but they took it to extremes. I'm happy enough with it, it was cheap. But, for example, they could have given mine cruise control and a folding back seat for maybe $5 per car, and they didn't.

But, hey, it does have a tach, a temp gauge, and a rear window defroster, so it could have been worse...

Thanks again- love the forum!
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With an electronic throttle, only a new steering wheel with the right switches is needed to add Cruise AFAIK, check for old threads on this mod..

Seat backs had limited adjustment for safety rules, but if you look in the old How To listings you'll find some instruction on how others got around this...
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If you get the cruise steering wheel, you will need it activated by a willing dealer.
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The owners manual should give recommended change intervals if said vehicle has timing belt.
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