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Old 12-27-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Public service announcement...(timing belt horror story included)

I know this has been brought up NUMEROUS times about the need to replace your timing belt on time, if not about 20,000 miles earlier then the manual says. I had a SVT focus brought into my work with a "died and wont start" issue. Also I was told there was a loud bang when the guy from AAA tried to start it. I was put on the project since everyone at work knows me as the focus fanatic. I dug into it and it was a whole lot worse then I thought. The teeth were stripped off the belt, valves were bent, the intake manifold EXPLODED, and all the pistons have marks on them from kissing the valves. It would be interesting to know exactly how it was being driven when this all happened.
Just to throw this in there, it belongs to some teen. The last time I saw this car over the summer it was extremely clean inside and out, now its hit in the rear, and the interior is trashed. It sucks when people get a hold of these cars and abuse them, there isnt many left.







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Old 12-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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How many miles on the car?
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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I know how you feel, there are only so many left. Just a little over 14,000 made and that's divided up over the millions of American drivers. It's only a matter of time before there are any unmolested SVT's left then it will only be a matter of time till all the ones that are left are modded, then it will be none. Just like the SVTC may it RIP and not pieces.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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OMG I just bought one with 90,000 mi on it myself. Poor SVT too it was covered in filth and dirt from head to toe. You may have seen my rebuild thread about it. Apparently the PO didn't know how to drive clutch well or something but ended up blowing the clutch up since it was so worn out.

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Old 12-27-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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Just looked at it. Well good for you!! Im glad someone cared enough about these to save it from being a pile of scrap. Are the bumpers still messed up? Mine isnt in perfect condition either but all my marks are from other people/cars and Michigan weather, none of the damage was my personal doing. Are you going to have yours at FocusFest this year?
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^^ I'll be there! Lol I also worked on this car the week after he purchased it and it was such a beautiful car. It really made me miss mine and I even offered to buy it off of him. Such a shame to see where it's at now
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Don't know about FocusFest just yet. Yeah this one needs some much needed TLC. Has hail damage all over it too which will need to be repaired. I'm going to take it to a body shop instead of trying to fix it my self since this car is worth more than Ole' Yeller' is. I almost want to start a SVT collection or something lol
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I almost want to start a SVT collection or something lol
I've had this discussion with myself and others multiple times. I need to hit the lotto lol
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I just need to find more SVT's with broken trannies or blown t-belts lol
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