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#1 smedley

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:44 PM

can anyone confirm if this is actually the timing belt/cam belt..thanks...

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:51 PM

if you have not removed any covers then thats not the cambelt. Thats the belt that drives the alternator and power steering pump. fan belt in the old days.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:54 PM

no i have not removed any covers at all...so where is the cambelt located is it nearby.?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:22 PM

no i have not removed any covers at all...so where is the cambelt located is it nearby.?


It is behind the pictured pullys under the plastic cover.

PLEASE get a haynes manual before attempting the belt change :)

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:35 PM

It is behind the pictured pullys under the plastic cover.

PLEASE get a haynes manual before attempting the belt change :)


seconded!
that picture is the drive belt for the waterpump, power steering pump and alternator.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:39 PM

Will do, is it the green manual i need, its a P REG GHIA AUTO....

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:59 PM

Will do, is it the green manual i need, its a P REG GHIA AUTO....


yup its a green manual, number 3397. it covers from N to 02 registrations.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:59 PM

thank you..

how much should the job be at a garage, and what should i ask to be changed, just the belt itself.?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:30 PM

thank you..

how much should the job be at a garage, and what should i ask to be changed, just the belt itself.?


when was the actual timing belt last done? it may be near its time for replacing too. generally a good rule of thumb is to replace the alternator belt at the same time as its never a good idea to put an old belt back on. if its been a while since the timing belt was done you may be risking your engine.

The alternator belt itself will be around 10-15 plus maybe half an hour labour.

How badly is it cracked? if its just tiny little cracks, providing they dont run parallel with the grooves it should be fine as the belts tend to crack under normal conditions anyway.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:44 PM

when was the actual timing belt last done? it may be near its time for replacing too. generally a good rule of thumb is to replace the alternator belt at the same time as its never a good idea to put an old belt back on. if its been a while since the timing belt was done you may be risking your engine.

The alternator belt itself will be around 10-15 plus maybe half an hour labour.

How badly is it cracked? if its just tiny little cracks, providing they dont run parallel with the grooves it should be fine as the belts tend to crack under normal conditions anyway.



ok thanks..i have had the car 2 years, its now over 10 years old, done 53 thousand miles, no idea if previous owners had it changed, i doubt it tho, how much for the timing belt at a decent garage, for the whole job..

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:55 PM

ok thanks..i have had the car 2 years, its now over 10 years old, done 53 thousand miles, no idea if previous owners had it changed, i doubt it tho, how much for the timing belt at a decent garage, for the whole job..


petrol or diesel engine?

not sure about diesel engine off hand but petrol engines are 100k miles or 10 years, whatever comes soon. personally i think thats too long.

The price i quoted in your other thread (200 - 250 i think) was how much it costs on a 51 plate 1.6 focus. that price included timing belt kit and also the alternator belt. it would have cost 210 but the belt from ford was a cost of 40!

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 09:18 AM

PETROL Engine,

The car was reg in 97, so basically its over 10 years old. only done 53k miles, i guess the timing belt is ready for renewal then.?

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 06:56 PM

PETROL Engine,

The car was reg in 97, so basically its over 10 years old. only done 53k miles, i guess the timing belt is ready for renewal then.?


yup im afraid so. better to get it done really, could be hard to say how much it would cost to repair the damage should the belt fail

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:24 PM

hard to say how much it would cost to repair the damage should the belt fail


Zetec lumps are going for around 200 on egay at the moment, so long as your confident enough to fit it :) Way cheaper than having a mechanic stick a new set of valves in!

But cheaper still to change the belt if in doubt!

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:05 AM

pity no-one has done a good quality "you-tube" tutorial, on the fiesta timing belt...

i would do one if i knew how to change it, but i dont...

does anyone know of one thats been done.?

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