Tales from the Work­shop

Un­usual tips and fixes.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion, when some­one picks up their ve­hi­cle af­ter the tim­ing belt has been re­placed they will ask: “Did it need it?”

This 2007 Ford Fo­cus 1.6 TI-VCT was a re­cent pur­chase for a long­time cus­tomer. When he could find no ev­i­dence that the tim­ing belt had been changed, he asked us to carry out the job. The belt was well over the eight-year rec­om­mended pe­riod, al­though, at 76,000 miles, it hadn’t reached 100,000 miles yet. Nev­er­the­less, a cam­belt change was long over­due.

Once the cov­ers were off, we could see that it was still the orig­i­nal belt and was show­ing signs of crack­ing. We had no doubt it would not have lasted much longer, so when the cus­tomer asked the in­evitable ques­tion, we an­swered with­out hes­i­ta­tion: “Yes, it did!”

The fab­ric of the tim­ing belt was be­gin­ning to crack.

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