Ford Fiesta - The End

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mjcapri wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 10:20 am
Same here Nick, we have a little Ecoboost Fiesta now, lovely little car but doesn't have the character of the previous Fiesta plus from what I'm told the timing belt on the Ecoboost engine actually runs through the engine oil and that just doesn't seem like a good idea to me....

I'm lucky with my Capri as she is over 40 years old and so is ULEZ exempt but and its a big but the little Fiesta used 25 quid a week in petrol - the Capri uses 60 quid a week at current petrol prices :cry:
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The fact it's a wet belt isn't an issue; obviously it's made from a suitable material. The fact that it wasn't designed to be changed however is.... It can be done, it's a bit (lot!) of a pain though!
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Ford's probably thought the nylon timing gear on the front of an Essex V6 was made from a suitable material too..
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Mr B wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 9:54 pm
mjcapri wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 10:20 am
Same here Nick, we have a little Ecoboost Fiesta now, lovely little car but doesn't have the character of the previous Fiesta plus from what I'm told the timing belt on the Ecoboost engine actually runs through the engine oil and that just doesn't seem like a good idea to me....

I'm lucky with my Capri as she is over 40 years old and so is ULEZ exempt but and its a big but the little Fiesta used 25 quid a week in petrol - the Capri uses 60 quid a week at current petrol prices :cry:
The fact it's a wet belt isn't an issue; obviously it's made from a suitable material. The fact that it wasn't designed to be changed however is.... It can be done, it's a bit (lot!) of a pain though!
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Ford's probably thought the nylon timing gear on the front of an Essex V6 was made from a suitable material too..
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Well yes, but they quickly proved to be weak, whereas the wet belts are generally reliable up to the recommended 100k mile interval.
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Like any internal drive part it is tested to last well past its design life but like any of this type of part there will be some that fail a lot earlier for various reasons. There will also be many that last well beyond this time/mileage. I can remember a mate had a belt snap on a brand new Orion, a new engine was fitted under warranty, there was also many cases of those notorious fibre timing gears doing huge mileages. Numerous cold starts, over revving or late oil changes can all be blamed but in truth it can be any or a combination of problems. I have a friend who had a 4 year old Audi that had a very noisy timing chain that was also causing the engine management light to come on due to parts being out of sink, it ended up costing him a couple of months wages to get replaced.
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mjcapri wrote: Wed Nov 09, 2022 2:17 pm
Mr B wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 9:54 pm
mjcapri wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 10:20 am
Same here Nick, we have a little Ecoboost Fiesta now, lovely little car but doesn't have the character of the previous Fiesta plus from what I'm told the timing belt on the Ecoboost engine actually runs through the engine oil and that just doesn't seem like a good idea to me....

I'm lucky with my Capri as she is over 40 years old and so is ULEZ exempt but and its a big but the little Fiesta used 25 quid a week in petrol - the Capri uses 60 quid a week at current petrol prices :cry:
The fact it's a wet belt isn't an issue; obviously it's made from a suitable material. The fact that it wasn't designed to be changed however is.... It can be done, it's a bit (lot!) of a pain though!

Ford's probably thought the nylon timing gear on the front of an Essex V6 was made from a suitable material too..
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Well yes, but they quickly proved to be weak, whereas the wet belts are generally reliable up to the recommended 100k mile interval.
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OMG have you seen what's involved in changing that wet belt, it's a complete nightmare and an expensive nightmare too - at least 12 hours to change it, even the horrid Pinto engine (worst engine Ford ever made - until the Ecoboost came along) only took half hour to change it's timing belt! lol
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Mr B wrote: Sat Nov 12, 2022 12:35 am
OMG have you seen what's involved in changing that wet belt, it's a complete nightmare and an expensive nightmare too - at least 12 hours to change it, even the horrid Pinto engine (worst engine Ford ever made - until the Ecoboost came along) only took half hour to change it's timing belt! lol
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