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Thread: Ford focus cam belt - advice needed!

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    Default Ford focus cam belt - advice needed!

    Hi there,
    I own a ford focus LX 5-door, 1999, with 110,000 miles on the clock.

    One of the tensioners on the cam belt has gone almost certainly resulting in some engine damage, and the garage reckon it's going to cost 1000+ to sort.

    Bearing in mind it also has it's MOT coming up in a month or so, is it going to be worth getting the work done?

    What is a car this age with high-ish mileage worth?
    What would it scrap for?

    Cheers for your help,
    Tom

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    Just had a look at Auto Trader, and it is very close to the car value. Might be worth considering a secondhand engine. Worth 'Googling'.

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    thanks for your reply, i think you're probably right...

    Sorry to sound dim, but is it just the cylinder head that needs replacing, or a whole new engine?

    Cheers
    Tom

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    Red face ex ford tecnician

    your car is worth 60 to the scrap man. With a failed timing belt pulley the valves in the head will be bent if you use a old sclool garage the bill should be between 500-600 when fixed the car is worth 1000 hope this helps

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    Thanks for your posts guys,
    i've decided to buy a haynes manual and try dropping a new engine in myself, so wish me luck!

    Thanks again
    Tom

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    depending on the state of your engine prior to the damage you may do better to repair your current unit. You have not got a lot to loose in opening it up and having a look (except keep it all together incase you have to give your current unit as an exchange - if you decide to buy another engine)

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    Ok, well i'll give it a go!

    Just one more thing, if I do need to get a new engine in it, does it need to be a 1.6 or are the 1.4, 1.8 etc all compatible?

    Thanks again for your responses,

    Tom

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    Hi all,

    thanks for your help.
    I've taken the cylinder head off, and surprisingly all of the valves and pistons seem fine. Put a new timing belt on, and she runs very nicely. Only thing is, she's leaking a bit of oil. I'm guessing that it's the valve cover gasket - i just put the old one back on - should i have replaced it?

    Cheers again,
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tombristol View Post
    Hi all,
    I'm guessing that it's the valve cover gasket
    Do you mean head gasket or cam cover gasket?

    Head gasket and bolts are one use only, always replace...

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    Hi,
    yes i replaced the head gasket.
    The one i meant is the (rubber) camshaft/valve cover gasket, should i have replaced that as well?

    Cheers
    Tom

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