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In Topic: Timing Belt Kits (Ford Or Spurious)

17 May 2015 - 09:26 PM

cept it isn't just the belt, its the tensioners, bolts and water pump, your probably right and its the same gear and possibly even QC'd the same, but probably isn't good enough for the sake of 20 quid.



No "probably" about it. Tensioners also had Gates markings. Water pump is another matter. Although on engines like Zetec silvertops, where the cambelt had to come off to change the pump, on later engines that's not always the case and a cambelt kit doesn't usually include the waterpump. You usually have to buy that separately.

In Topic: Timing Belt Kits (Ford Or Spurious)

17 May 2015 - 08:01 PM


Anything but the Ford genuine parts are, by definition, spurious. I think you're missing a beat here. 


If the genuine Ford part and the Gates part are from the same line and identical then that's something worth knowing. 


I've owned Ford's exclusively since 1994 (Mainly Mondeos and Focus) and I can confirm that on more than one occasion, I've purchased a genuine Ford cambelt kit and found it had Gates markings on it. I don't have any issues with fitting Gates as an alternative to Ford if it is cheaper. I don't think I'd use any other brand though.

In Topic: Power Steering Malfunction

13 May 2015 - 09:31 PM

Not sure if its the same problem as Kev's but I've had an issue with my 2.0 TDCi for years now. It happens first thing in the morning and I get the steering assist fail message when I turn the ignition on. It only happens when the car has been parked outside and there has been lots of moisture in the air. I think there is a bad contact somewhere and the system isn't powering up quick enough. I turn the key back to off and then on again.... the caption goes and everything works as it should. This first happened about 8 years ago when the car was only 2 years old. Ford couldn't find anything wrong and the fault stayed away until 2 years ago when it started to play up again, only when the car is covered in condensation.

In Topic: Cam Belt

03 May 2015 - 02:37 PM

As Charlie says, 80k or 8 years and you will be fine.

In Topic: Mk1 Focus Spark Plugs

02 May 2015 - 01:51 PM

1.0mm is recommended. 1.3mm was recommended when the engine was first launched many years ago. It gave a fatter, better spark but was found to put too much load on the coil pack and  HT leads so now its 1.0mm.