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Timing cambelt replacement interval for Ford Transit

The timing gear is a critical system that controls the flow of fuel, exhaust, and air in the engine. Nothing, however, lasts forever. The timing gear in the Ford Transit, like that of other cars with internal combustion engines, wears out with time. To guarantee that the engine runs properly and to avoid potential defects, the timing chain or belt, as well as other timing components, must be replaced after a specified amount of time or kilometres. This book will tell you how often to replace the valve train on Ford Transits with various engines.

Ford Transit MK4, MK5 - timing gear interval

Petrol engines: 1991 to 2000

  • Ford Transit 2.0 66/72 kW - 90,000 Km or a maximum of 5 years.
  • Ford Transit 2.0 84 kW (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years.

Transit MK4, MK5 diesel engines
  • Ford Transit 2.5D: 80 000 km or a maximum of 5 years.
  • Ford Transit 2.5TD 80 000 km or a maximum of 5 years.

Cambelts in the Ford Transit 1991-2000

There were three different timing belts in the Ford Transit grom 1991 to 2000:

  • up to 1992: 25.4 mm wide, teeth 2.5 mm high
  • from 1992 to 09/1997: 25.4 mm wide, teeth height 3.5 mm
  • from 09/1997: 28.0 mm wide

All of the belts on this list have 130 teeth (protuberances). Interestingly, from 1997 forward, the 25.4 mm wide belt can also be used on the Ford Transit. The timing belt with high teeth, on the other hand, is not suitable for earlier production vehicles.

When replacing the timing belt, it is also a good idea to replace the tensioner pulley. Keep an eye on the water pump and the shaft simmering to see if there is any leakage.

Timing belt replace interval - Transit 2000-2013

  • Ford Transit 2.3 RWD (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years..
  • Ford Transit 2.0 DI/TDCi (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years..
  • Ford Transit 2.2 TDCi (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years..
  • Ford Transit 2.4 DI/TDCi (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years..
  • Ford Transit 3.2 TDCi (timing chain): check and replace if necessary after 10 years..

Ford Transits with timing chains were known for their lengthy service life. We were able to drive them for 250,00km with confidence, and we had customers that drove 500,000km without replacing the timing chain. However, the passage of time must not be overlooked. If the timing hasn't been replaced in many years (or ever), it's worth looking into it for the sake of your van.

When should the timing belt of a 2014 Ford Transit be replaced?

The Ford Transit MK8 was offered with 2.2 TDCI engines from the start of manufacture. There was a chain valve train, much like in the previous model version. As a result, after ten years, the timing gear should be replaced. However, among our clients, some have only replaced the timing gear after 600,000 km. The latest generation of EcoBlue engines introduced in 2016 brought about changes.

2.0 EcoBlue engine - timing belt interval

The timing belt in the 2.0 TDCI engine should be replaced after 240,000 kilometers, according to the manufacturer. However, based on our customers' experiences, it is preferable to change the timing gear every 180,000 kilometers driven.

Ford Transit Connect 1.8 TDCI - cambelt replacement

The manufacturer suggests replacing it after 200,000 kilometers or 10 years.

Recommendations for replacing the cambelt

  • Check the condition of the belt tensioner and consider replacing it as well when changing the timing belt.
  • Vehicles utilizing chain drive timing systems have greater engine durability and service life.
  • Ignore the typical noise made by the timing gear to indicate significant wear.
  • Purchase timing gear components from our online store to assure high quality.

Symptoms of timing gear damage in a van

The timing gear might fail mechanically and suddenly, forcing the vehicle to be stopped and sent to a professional to be repaired. The driver may occasionally notice certain symptoms indicating the need to replace the timing belt or the complete system.

Chain drive

  • Check When the engine light illuminates, it indicates a problem with the timing gear, which is frequently caused by chain stretch.
  • Disturbing sounds from around the engine due to noisy timing gear.
  • Friction between the chain and the housing: Caused by severe wear or straining.
  • The engine runs unevenly.
  • Starting issue: The engine is difficult to start.
  • Rumble from beneath the hood: a distinctive sound suggesting wear and tear.
  • Ignition failure: erratic engine operation.
  • Oil leakage: near the valve train on the front of the drive unit.

Cambelt timing

  • There are no early warning signs: the belt may break without any prior symptoms.
  • Engine Compression Issues Following a Breakdown: Engine performance is immediately reduced.
  • When the engine starts up rough, it indicates that the belt is beginning to wear.
  • Jerk when turning off the engine: this could be due to belt wear.
  • After removing the cover, a visual check of the belt reveals missing teeth.

Remember that our online store sells full timing belts gear sets for Ford Transit as well as individual parts.

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