Me neither.Q: Should the timing chain be replaced at a specific interval? I haven't seen it mentioned in any service guide.
Jot - Is that true of the Mark 3 /3.5 engines (I know the Mark 1 and Mark 2 engines with timing belts, as opposed to chains, are non interference) - not disagreeing, just questioningAt least in event of failure it won't interfere with the engine.... phew :thumbsup:
Hi Jo...just so that you know...an interference engine is one where the valves hit the pistons in the event of a timing belt or chain failure. In a non-interference engine the valves do not clobber the pistons so no serious damage is done. This is true with both belt or chain driven engines. The only advantage with a chain is that they tend to last a long time and rarely need changing (unless they become excessively noisy). Belts, of course, need changing at specific intervals and may break if not renewed. Kind regards, BK.At least in event of failure it won't interfere with the engine.... phew :thumbsup:
I had a similar experience with a Mark 3 Escort - just got back home after a fair length trip and the car cut out reversing on to the drive and would not restartI once had a very close call with an 1.6 Orion Ghia Injection back in the early nineties.
Cut out, stranded in the middle of nowhere, tried to start it, over and over with no luck.
Bro arrived with help, definitely cam belt shredded, got me back home, came back the next day with a tow truck and upon investigation, it had missed by millimetres.