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im trying to buy a 2001 ford falcon XL au ii ute from somebody and they cant figure out if it has a timing belt or chain, ive tried searching google for ages but couldnt find aything on it.
does anybody know if its a chain or belt? and whats a good website to goto to figure these things out?
 

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chains last just as long as the engine dont they?
Yes; but the plastic chain guides are another matter and when they fail they can break the chain. Most often broken the guides are broken when the head gasket is replaced and people don't lift the head vertically far enough when removing the head so it hits the chain guide that protrudes above the block as the head is swung or lifted out of the engine bay. Many people will leave the broken guide in place as offload the car as replacing the guides requires removal of the timing cover and sump ( an engine out job). Similarly, there is a technique for reinstalling the chain tensioner and if this is not does correctly you'll have issues with the chain and /or guides.

BTW there are timing belts in some of the smaller (non Falcon) OZ manufactured, assembled and imported Fords.
 
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