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Old 10-01-2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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Blown timing belt on my 02 SVT

Hi guys, I know there have been lots of timing belt posts but I'm trying to figure out what to do with my car.

Just blew the timing belt on my 02 SVT with 97k miles. I was going 45mph and on a nice wide road luckily.

Had it towed to a place in East Providence RI called Hot Rides and they are telling me it's going to be $3500 min. They haven't pulled the valve cover or anything. Just looked at it. Seems like they are smokin something to me.

Anyone have recommendations? I've seen posts saying it is an interference motor, some not... am I better off just doing a motor swap at this point? I have a Spec stage 4 clutch I was going to have put in...

I wonder what the powertrain warranty is...

Any advice is much appreciated.


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Old 10-01-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
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First thing, you need to see if the valves are bent. If so, then a new head might be in the works. 3500 seems a little high, but without knowing what's wrong.......
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:11 AM   #3
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Thanks. Can you tell if the valves are bent without pulling the whole head? Would a bore scope be able to see?
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depends on how bad they are bent. if they are slightly tweaked you might not see it, but you will loose compression. it would be best to take the head off and check everything out. 3500 minimum is really high especially if it only needs a couple valves.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:39 AM   #5
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Just rebuilt my head i spent$ 500 for ford springs,valves,and valve seals. The race shop$ 500 for assembly and port n polish so$ 1,000 for just the head. $75 for head gasket$ 30 head bolts around a$100 for timing belt.and pulleys. So maybe around$ 1,500 i fixed it myself and with the money i saved i added alot of boltons too$ 3,500 is really high. I checked out the forums for info and wrenched away
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:31 PM   #6
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^^^ that the way to do it man, look around, maybe there is some members around your area that would come and help in exchange for some pizza and beer. Good luck with this.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:26 PM   #7
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for $3500 you can buy another focus. If you have the skills and the time it is worth it to do it yourself. If you go slow it will take you two days and the time getting the head redone.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:22 AM   #8
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Thanks for the great info and advice guys. I think I will tackle it myself. Looks like there are some great write ups on here.

I've got a relative who works in the Ford parts division so I think I can get a decent price on the parts. I looked into getting a complete motor from Ford too just in case, and with my friends and family discount I can get one for around $2,500. Hopefully won't have to go that far... What happened to Tom on here? Is he still making ported heads?

Maybe I can save enough money to get this...
http://providence.craigslist.org/pts/1925044380.html
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Do a compression check, it's cheap and easy to do. That will tell you what shape the valves are in. Though you do have to put a new belt on to find out.
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agreed... put a belt on it first and see if it checks out.

it may be an interference engine but that doesn't mean it bent the valves..... would have saved me a lot of money if I had done that in the first place on another car.
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