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Timing so critical

Asked by Mike Wyld

OUR 2002 Ford Focus is about to go in for its regular service at 90,000km. I was wondering about the cam-timing belt and when it should be changed. The owner's manual indicates 150,000km, but as this is far in excess of most other makes I was wondering if it's correct. I would hate to ruin an excellent car because the information is incorrect.

Answered by CarsGuide

6 Sep 2007 Graham Smith

SOME carmakers stipulate a belt change at 90,000km, but it isn't unusual for the recommended interval to be 150,000km. Ford's service schedule is 150,000km or 10 years, whichever comes first. I see no reason not to follow that.

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