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2008 Ford Taurus X Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon FWD

2008 Ford Taurus X
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door, Mid-Size Wagon
16 mpg city / 24 mpg hwy
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October 19, 2012, 1:42 pm

Jim K

Question: Should I change the timing belt at certain intervals or should I wait til it goes out?

My Taurus X has 164000 miles on it. I don't know if the timing belt has ever been changed. If it goes out will it ruin the engine? Should I change it at scheduled intervals? Thanks,----Jim

October 25, 2012, 3:48 pm

Ron W
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I'd need to know your engine size to look up timing belt replacement specs. You can find that information also in your owner's manual in the service schedule and in our servicing your car section of this website.

As a general rule, most manufacturers recommend a timing belt replacement somewhere between 60K and 100K miles, but you should really look up the info specific to your vehicle. The dealer would know as well.

And it should be replaced because if it breaks, the engine can have severe damage.

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October 26, 2012, 4:01 am

Jim K

My engine is a 3.5. I think it has a timing chain, not a belt. Does that change the formula? Thanks,----Jim

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October 26, 2012, 6:56 pm

Ron W
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That engine does use a chain and that does change things. Chains do not need service unless they are making noise or there is a loss of performance due to stretching (rarely).

In reality, the chain should last the life of the engine as long as it is serviced regularly and no service is typically required.

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