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Old 03-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Questions about Timing Belt Change

Crossposted from Timing thread in lounge. Hope that's OK.

New SVTF owner here and have a few questions about having my timing belt changed. the car has 115,000 miles and has likely never had it done by the service records, habits of previous owner. Anyway, after reading through the excellent How-To and watching it done on YouTube I've decided it's beyond my mechanical capabilities. Maybe not, but I don't want to take a chance. That means a Mechanic and here is where I have questions.

I have quotes from several shops. Some are national chains like CarX, some are larger shop local mechanics. They all have similar quotes and the Ford dealer is $200 more.

Question: What are your opinions of having this done at a dealer vs chain vs local?

Question: Do I need to tell them anything specific to the SVT to keep them from screwing anything up?

Any other advice on things I'm not thinking about here would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.


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Old 03-21-2012, 12:52 AM   #2
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Welcome to FF. You are correct, at 115K the car is over due for a Tbelt, pulleys, etc.
I wouldn't take it to anyone who hasn't done an SVT Tbelt. That doesn't automatically mean a Ford dealer by default. My closest Ford dealer knows F-150s, Mustangs and regular Foci, but asked me too many obvious questions for me to trust that they would do it correctly. Check on FJ, if you haven't already, to see if anyone there has any suggestions. Also check the FAQs, and how-to archive. Also check your regional forum for ideas, and recommended repair shops. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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Anyone with access to alldata and timing tools should be able to do it without an issue......its pretty simple.....i did mine 2 times(due to a defective idler pulley) in 3 hours. Im an ok mechanic at best.
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I've had it done at a non Ford shop, if it is a competent tech he will know that you need a specific timing tool to get it right. I'm lucky, tensioner seized and melted partially, timing belt had lots of teeth that were half cracked. I was around the same mileage as you. Get the tensioner, water pump, serpentine and timing belt done, all at the same time. The parts are on the cheaper side, the labour is not to go back in and replace something if you're not gonna do it yourself.
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not trying to thread jack but is there an easy way to tell if the work has been done or not? i bought my car like 5k miles ago and have been curious about the Tbelt. I bought it from a guy that bought it from the original owner that had everything done at the dealer, and the second guy only had it for 2 months before getting deported. so i was just checking to see if it is easy to tell or not?
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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When in doubt change it out..... especially on the timing belt
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is there an easy way to see if it has been changed or needs to be changed? i just cant see spending up to 500 bucks to change it if its not necessary
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is there an easy way to see if it has been changed or needs to be changed? i just cant see spending up to 500 bucks to change it if its not necessary
No easy way that I know of. You can't really tell it's shape until you take it off and look at the side with the teeth.
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Quick update on my situation. Had the timing belt water pump kit and drive belt installed today. Mechanic found cracked head gasket and oil on plugs. New gasket, plugs and wires I would have done myself but he got their first and had it open anyway so I had him go ahead. All done the job cost nearly a grand. Job seems done professionally by an experienced guy and it's a load off to have it done. Now, on to the brakes....
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Good thing you caught it before it really ruined the motor
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