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Old 04-16-2009, 13:15   #1 (permalink)
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Question When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

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I have a 2001 Escort ZX2. Its been very good to me and running pretty good! However, looking through my maintenance manual, I cannot find any clear indication of when its recommended to change the timing belt.

A friend of mine has stated that you MUST change the belt before it goes bad, otherwise, it could severely damage or destroy the engine.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-16-2009, 15:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

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The Maintenance Schedule says to replace at 120K but I think that's a bit long on a timing belt. I suggest every 75K or 6 years.
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Old 04-16-2009, 18:25   #3 (permalink)
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Re: When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

Most vehicles are usually between 60,000 and 90,000. I definately wouldn't want to go 120 on an interferance engine.
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Old 04-16-2009, 21:06   #4 (permalink)
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Re: When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

Your ZX2 is likely powered by a Zetec 2.0l, which is a non-interfering design. This means if your timing belt goes, it shouldn't bend a bunch of valves and kill your engine, but you could be stranded and need a tow.

I would recommended you change the belt every 60,000 miles (100,000 to km) or every 4 years. This may be conservative, but engines here are starting at -40 in the winter.

Having just changed the belt a few days ago, I can say it's not a hugely fun job, but is rewarding to know it doesn't have to be done for a while. The last mechanic to change mine put a white paint strip on the top timing belt cover and I put another stripe on. At least someone can figure this code out years down the road. You may want to consider the whole kit. While everything's apart the water pump and idler pulley et al can be replaced quite easily.
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Re: When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

120K! NOOOOOOOOO! As mentioned, you don't want to wait that long.
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Re: When to replace timing belt on 2001 Escort ZX2?

It's a Mazda design engine, and they recommend 60K for uses in their cars.

Prevention is cheaper than repair/tow job.
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