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Old 01-05-2018, 17:39   #81
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That's what they call the parts, even though they are a jap company
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:49   #82
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I just realised that my cambelt and tensioner is overdue... apparently on the 1.7 the interval was originally 10 years and 100k but after failures Ford reduced it to 5 years or 80k whichever is sooner.

I have the old receipts for my car (previous owner) and it was last done at 77k, in October 2010

Now on 102k.

Apparently a lot of the failures you hear about occurred soon after getting a new kit fitted, which wasn't done right, because doing it properly takes expertise that not all garages possess. Supposedly the belt doesn't snap but the cheap plastic tensioners do. (Or in the case of failures of new fittings, it's because it hasn't been tensioned right or whatever, so it slips after a few weeks.)

Suffice to say if I take it to a Ford dealer they will charge me more than the car is worth. So what are the chances of it lasting, if I just chance it? Will I be able to hear if the tensioner is about to fail?

I am hoping the 5 year interval is highly conservative and it's mainly the mileage that matters, which is only 25k since it was done.

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Old 05-05-2018, 12:20   #83
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Personally I'd just sell it. It has a fresh ticket so you'll be able to advertise it at 750 and accept the first 600 you're offered. 600 buys a decent car.

You can chance it, and you'll hear it going, but it'll be the sound of valves hitting pistons, at which point the car is worth 80 over the bridge.

Dunno where you live these days but I know a tidy MK1 focus in Sheffield that's looking for a home.
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Old 05-05-2018, 12:22   #84
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A good wash and polish, and some good photos in decent light and a nice location will sell it for you. It's free to advertise cars under a grand on autotrader now. Facebook and Gumtree just result in offers of FIFTY QID AN A XBOX M8
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Facebook was the only place that found me a decent offer on my car when I was selling it- this was after trying Auto trader and eBay. Though you probably need an account to sell on Facebook
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We are enslaved by machines

Without the existence of mass transportation, everything we need would be local. But our 'freedom' to travel means we HAVE to travel, which means we HAVE to pay for a car (or often equally or more expensive public transport, unless you live in a major city), which means we end up being at the mercy of the damn thing

It's a strange kind of freedom where a machine dictates that you must - in the final analysis - spend years of your life working, just to run a machine, so that you can get to the place where you spend years of your life working.

This has been Enoch Powell's luddite thought for the day.
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