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lodav2011

When Should The Cam Belt Be Changed?

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Hi there when should the cam belt and the water pump be changed?

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Your cam belt should be changed at the service interval shown in your service schedule. Your dealer will happily tell you though. Your water pump (if driven by your cam belt) needs changing too (if its driven by the cam belt) as this will be stressed by the belt. If your pump is driven by your alternator belt then change it when it squeak's or leaks. Better to change the belt early than too late. Pumps arnt that expensive if you do the job yourself.

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On cars I've owned before mostly vw & audis I changed them at about 4 years / 40000 miles with pump. It's usually the rotating parts, (ie) idler bearings and tensioners that wear more than the belt.

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Hi, a quick scan on google led me to www.mytimingbelt.com - tells you all the intervals for Fords and seems to have all other makes and models too.

IN terms of water pump, that is your call. They are relatively cheap and whilst everything is stripped down you might as well do it. If not, it'll mean paying the labour again to strip it should it develop a fault.

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I think the mileage values given on the mytimingbelt website are correct, but not the intervals. For example, on my Mk 6 1.25 Fiesta (2004), it's 100K mileage or 10 years, but the website states 8 years - no bad thing as it's a smaller interval, so it won't hurt. In contrast, I checked what it said about my Picasso - 75K mileage, which is correct, but an interval of 10 years, which I'm 99% sure is wrong - I think it's 7 - I had mine done last year on the basis of age, not mileage. You are best off getting the correct values from Ford - and it doesn't hurt to do it early.

Ditto about changing the water pump at the same time, if it's driven by the timing belt. If it fails then you have to do the whole timing belt job again, so to my mind it's worth it to reduce the risk, whether you do it yourself or pay someone.

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On most of the current Ford engines with cambelts the official interval is 100k miles or 10 years.

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