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    Default When to change the Timing Belt

    Is their a time that I should change my timing belt?

    I have 98K on my car and was just wondering if itís just something to look at and see if itís worn then change it or should I change it at 100k regardless??
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I changed Mine at 75K, I'd just change it now If I were you, It's Better Safe than Sorry. Ford Reccomends Replacement at 120K IIRC....
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I changed mine at just over 100k miles, and honestly it looked fine. No cracks, even ribs spacing, could hardly see any wear. Make sure they put the accessory bolts back on right (tensioner & water pump pulleys), the shop that did mine ***** up those bolts and I had to get the dealer to replace my belt tensioner.
    Had a replacement water pump when I sold the car at 130k miles, but just passed that on to the new owner, its a convenient time to get it changed when doing the timing belt, got my pump (Bosch) for only $50.

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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    So I was going to replace it with the Comp belt from FocusSport and I might as well put gears on when I replace that and It sounds like I should replace the water pump at the same time....

    Guess thats going to have to be something to do once I get more money in the bank after geting my tranny fixed. and new Summer tire..
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    heh. so I replaced mine at 110K. it was getting pretty close, so just in time. Also, on an odd side of things, the timing belt idler pulley was non-existant!! I bought the car used, so whoever did the initial timing belt replacement kinda forgot something! still not sure how the car lasted as long as she did with the belt like that!
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    Talk about bringing a thread back from the dead.

    I'm at the point where I'm gonna have my timing belt replaced. I got a friend who's a mechanic who is gonna do it for $75 and a six pack. I figure, I need to buy the belt, and a new valve cover gasket. Anything else I should pick up for the job? He's got the tools needed, so that isn't an issue.

    My serpentine belt is new, no leaking seals or leaks around the water pump, so that should be good to go.

    Anything I'm leaving out?
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I here a Water pump should be replaced... and make sure he gets that six pack after the belt is on...
    2001 ZX3 2.0L Zetec (On it's second life)-
    Motor - SVT Header, SVT High Flow Cat, SVT Flex pipe, SVT MagnaFlow CatBack, IceMan intake tube, FS coolflow Air Intake, FC 65 mm TB, Screamin' Deamon Coil & wires, FS 91 Octane Tune
    Trany - Steeda Tri-Ax/f shifter with RS shift knob, FS Alum Flywheel, Luk Gold Clutch,
    F2 TurnKey Tranny with 4.06 gears
    Suspension - FS Strut Bars, Eibach Sway bars, Koni Sport Kit, VF rear engine mount, LCR Camber Plates

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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    make sure the he gets the beer after he's done lol

    my belt broke at 150,000

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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    Why do the water pump if it's not bad? It's not driven by the timing belt on the DOHC motor in the Focus. It is a reccomendation even on Mitchell to do it at the same time, IF NEEDED. A water pump is another 2.0 hours labor that I don't need done. The timing belt pays 2.8 plus another .2 for seals and such, so that's where we came to 3 hours labor on it, and a six pack at the end. Honestly, I was told the camshaft seals don't even need to be replaced if they aren't leaking. 3 hours just was a nice round number, and it would cover the seals if they need replacing.

    So, I'm gonna buy the belt, new valve cover gasket, and the seals.(just in case, they're cheap, and if they are still good, I'll have them if I need them later on)

    I appreciate the help to let me know I hadn't really forgotten anything.
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    Honestly..... a water pump does not involve 2 more hours of flag time, whoever told you this may be trying to take you for a ride.....
    the water pump is 4 simple bolts once your in there.
    I can see .5 hours MORE for doing the water pump but not an additional 2 hours, that's ubsurd !!

    If you replace the timing belt now the water pump will fail within 10-15K and then you will have to go in and do it and spend MORE money. Just a side note.... The water pump in the focus usualy lasts 90K or so.

    The reason they tell you to replace your water pump isn't just because it's convenient and your already there type of thing, it's when the water pump goes out and does more dammage like overheating your engine without warning.

    I See your situation tho... 2 hours more is a seriouis jip.
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I changed mine around 12pm, that's always the best time for me
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I would recommend a goodyear gatorback timing belt, Very well built!
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    mine was replaced at 100000 and now its at 153000, when is the next time it should be done? (or the recommended time)

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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    I replaced the timing belt at 90k. It's now 145k, and the water pump is pumping fine.
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    Default Re: When to change the Timing Belt

    my water pump had to be replaced before timing belt


 
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