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Old 04-15-2006, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1) Is this an interference engine?
2) Does it have timing belt or chain or gear?
3) If timing belt, replace at 60K miles?
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It has a chain.

If the chain breaks (very unlikely)you can bend your valves and poke holes in the pistons.

The timing chain is not something that needs to be maintained on this car.

If I were rebuilding one I would replace it but thats about it.

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Originally posted by mwt@Apr 15 2006, 10:02 PM
If I were rebuilding one I would replace it but thats about it.


It's very rare that a timing chain needs replacing.
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when timing chanes break they themselves can tear stuff up
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Yeah but by the time the engine has enough miles on it for the chain to break, the engine is probably pretty worn out anyway, or the tranny or the rest of the car.

So it would only really be a concern if you wanted to make sure that the engine was easily rebuildable. In which case you should rebuild it when you do the timing chain.

I dunno, I'm just rambling got nothing better to do.

But the question remains; when would you change it to keep it from breaking? 100K? 200K? 300?
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The only engine in a Taurus that's an interference engine is the 3.4L V8 SHO. All the others are non-interference engines, AFAIK.
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Originally posted by tametaurus@Jun 7 2006, 11:14 PM
Yeah but by the time the engine has enough miles on it for the chain to break, the engine is probably pretty worn out anyway, or the tranny or the rest of the car.

So it would only really be a concern if you wanted to make sure that the engine was easily rebuildable. In which case you should rebuild it when you do the timing chain.

I dunno, I'm just rambling got nothing better to do.

But the question remains; when would you change it to keep it from breaking? 100K? 200K? 300?
There really is no set interval for changing it since it's wear and lifespan is dependand on the care the engine recieves.
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Originally posted by Racer X@Jun 7 2006, 11:31 PM
The only engine in a Taurus that's an interference engine is the 3.4L V8 SHO.* All the others are non-interference engines, AFAIK.
All of the Taurus are interference engines.

If you have a timing chain related failure or break a cam the valves can interfere with the pistons.

The definition of interference engine is if the pistons and valves will collide in event of a failure.

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