1.9 L Timing Belt replacement interval.

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Cadman, Jul 27, 2007.


  1. Cadman

    Cadman New Member

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    I was looking through the Maintenance Log on my 95 Escort and noticed that there is no mention of the timing belt needing changed at any point. Is there an official recommendation for changing it?
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    I think mine blew at around 95k miles, so I'd say inbetween 90k-100k. Luckily it's a non-interferance motor, so if it goes, the valves don't get murdered
    chris
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    I believe when I was a Ford tech, it was recommended for Escorts every 100,000KM, which is 60,000m. The newer ones like Focus Zetecs were upped to 160,000km/100,000m. Personally, I believe every 100,000km is damned cheap insurance against being potentially stranded and paying a tow bill or for a shop in god knows where to fix it. And even though it is technically a freewheeling (non interference) engine, if the belt breaks @ high rpm valve damage can still possibly occur.I've never personally seen one of these get hurt, but then again I've also never seen one with a broken timing belt, either. I have seen other freewheeling engines bed valves when the belt broke on the highway.
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    My OEM Motorcraft belt broke at 59K. No engine damage. Just stranded in the cold rain at midnight on my way to work.
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    When I replaced mine the original had 186k and was still going strong
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    60,000 miles/100,000 km
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    hmmmmmmm, maybe I was wrong and it did break around 60k...6--9..they look the same. Either way, I had to walk a mile to find a phone...on the hottest day of the year ofcourse
    chris
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    mine broke at 138k miles. thats why the car was traded in, instead of changing the belt, they got a new car. lol thank you previous car owner :D
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    I have a quick question, may seem stupid.

    With a manual trans, what would happen if the timing belt went bad while I was in...say...5th gear, or hell...any gear without the clutch pedal partially pressed?
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    Nothing, the car would turn off as if you turned the key to off.
  11. Cadman

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    60K sounds like a safe bet for replacement on the 1.9L. My 99 ZX2 (2.0 Zetek) went over 150 without a failure. I have no idea when the belt on my 94 was changed, and it is at 150+. If I ever figure out what ails it, then I might change the belt too.

    The 95 evidently never had a belt replaced. But if a belt wont go 100K then why didn't Ford include it in the list of scheduled maintenance?
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    Well, it's been about 3 years since I was a Ford Tech, but it was on their list of scheduled maintenance . They have pamphlets they can hand out to you when at the dealership with their maintenance schedules on them. Different models call for different t-belt change intervals. Some of them are pretty darn high, too now. It seems the "luck of the draw" as to how long a timing belt will last. I've had to do them on cars with under 60000km on them and still under warranty. I remember doing the water pump on a Focus with less than 45k on it and the timing belt looked ready to give up the ghost. I wasn't allowed to replace it under warranty though because it had not failed. I also know of one guy who bought a 1988 Sprint new and used it to commute about 250km a day for many years. Just so happens he was my engines instructor at tech school. he wanted to see how far a stock belt would go before it broke. He kept one and the few tools necessary to change it in the car with him for 285000km before it broke and he changed it on the side of the road one day.
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    Well they can probably last longer then the suggested interval. But in an interference engine, I wouldn't take that chance.

    500$ every 60K miles/100K km is not a bad investment.
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    My 89 Tracer lists T-belt at 60k. I replaced at 60, 150, and 300k. It never broke. I decided to roll the dice after the tech questioned why I was replacing it the first time. He explained that the 1.6l was a non interference engine and if it broke I could just tow it to a shop. I had him change it anyway as I had a 5yr 100k warranty and not doing scheduled maintenance would void it. The belt looked to be in pretty good shape at 60k. So I stretched it to 150 for the next one, and other than having the clowns at D i c k Smith Ford in Raytown, MO. break my AC line, everything went well. The last one was 300k and I have another 65k on top of that.
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    My last timing belt outlasted the timing belt tensioner. So in my case it was about 72,000 miles. But at least I could drive the car to the shop(barley).
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    Well the stock one I had in my car went last week at 125k. Worse possible timing but based on what I'm reading here, I got more than my fair share of life out of it.

    Thank god for noninterference engines. I swapped it out on Saturday and it runs like a champ again.

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