Belt or chain?

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I am think­ing of buy­ing a 2005-2008 Ford Mondeo, Fo­cus or Fo­cus C-MAX and go­ing for a 1.8- or 2.0-litre petrol en­gine. Am I right in think­ing these en­gines have tim­ing chains? Richard Chap­pell From the in­for­ma­tion I have, the C-MAX petrol mod­els for that date range are fit­ted with ei­ther the 1.4, 1.6 or 1.6 TI-VCT, all of which have a tim­ing belt. The Fo­cus C-MAX 1.8 us­ing a Du­ratec en­gine utilises a tim­ing chain built be­tween 2003-2009, so will en­com­pass your date range. The Fo­cus S-MAX 2.0-litre petrol en­gine is a Du­ratec unit and this also has a tim­ing chain. The Mondeo 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3 en­gines of that age are Du­ratec units and also have a chain-driven camshaft, al­though I be­lieve the petrol en­gine was only avail­able up to 2007.

There are a great vari­a­tion of en­gines used through the range, so if you specif­i­cally wish to ob­tain a ve­hi­cle that uses a tim­ing chain, this should be checked be­fore pur­chase.

The Ford Du­ratec en­gine has chain-driven camshafts.

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