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#1 klouise77

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:21 AM

Hello got a 1.8 diesel 2006 focus which has 57k on it bought it not long ago but got nothing to say the cambelt has been changed how often should it be done??
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#2 Barry_

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:30 PM

Ford say at 100000 miles or 8 years which ever is sooner but i read on here that its better to do it at around 85000 or so

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:43 PM

Thanks !

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:40 PM

I have snapped a few cambelts over the years and well within the recommended time/ mileage intervals. I personally wouldn't go much over 70K or 5 years without it being replaced irrespective of who says what. It is a lot more convenient and cost effective to have it replaced then have it snap and wreck your engine.

My logic rightly or wrongly with this is,

One very expensive piece of machinery held together with a rubber band, and this rubber band has done a lot of revolutions under tension at high speed for long enough after 70K or 5 years.

Just my humble opinion though, and i expect to be disagreed with.

Cheers..........Howard

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:24 PM

Hi klouise

are you sure it is a timing belt and not chain?
they do make this model with both.
may be worth getting checked!

tom


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