Tales from the Workshop
Unusual tips and fixes.
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.