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Old 06-18-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 F-150 with the 5.4 liter V-8. I am having trouble getting a straight answer on whether or not this engine is an interference engine. Can any of you tell me? thx
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...what's an interference engine? Unless you mean interceptor...?
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The simplest explanation of what an interference engine is that if things aren't lined up properly, the valves impact the pistons.

I was just poking around a little bit, and from what I Can find, it is an interference engine.
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...is that purposeful? I've got something new to read about once I get home...
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More engines than not are interference engines
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If your timing belt goes in an interference engine you'll probably need a new engine. That's about all I know about them.
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What I can find is that 2003 5.4 if the timing chain brakes the pistons will not impact the valves there is clearance... Least what I can find.....
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Minus a Ford tech piping in, there's no way to know without breaking a timing chain and trying it out.
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< Ford tech. The modular motors are certainly interference engines. I knew that already but I just searched the workshop manual trying to find proof because some people want that and all I found was this warning : CAUTION: Unless otherwise instructed, do not rotate either the crankshaft or the camshafts when the timing chains are removed and the cylinder heads are installed. Severe piston and valve damage will occur. Which is stated several times in the timing section of the shop manual for the 4.6 and 5.4.

Edit: I also looked and couldn't find anywhere you are "otherwise instructed" either haha, I'm not sure why they put that in there.

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Thanks Austin97! I just hit 110,000 miles. Do I need to be worry about changing the timing chain?
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