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Old 09-19-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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I was wondering, i have a 06 5.4L Screw and was wondering how hard it is to change the timing belt... I have 133k miles, and have no idea if it was changed before i bought it... and i hear, after 100k miles, they can go at any moment... really dont feel like getting stuck on the side of the highway, considering i go through the ghetto to get to my school...

also, if its not to hard to for a DIY, what are the steps to doing this?
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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I assume you mean "timing chain"??? If it's the surpentine belt you mean, that's a piece of cake. The timing chains, that's a different story.

Not for the "average" home mechanic....requires some special tools. Here's a readers digest version of how it's done from the Ford F150 repair manual (volume II, section 303-01c-41) with engine still installed in truck:

1) Remove engine front cover (after removing belt, pulleys, brackets, etc).
2) Remove crankshaft sensor ring
3) Number one cylinder camshaft exhaust lob must be coming up on the
exhaust stroke.
4) Remove 3 rollors (shown in repair diagram).
5) Using special tool, remove the 3 designated roller followers.
6) Remove additional roller followers shown in pictures in repair manual).
7) Rotate cranckshaft clockwise past 6 o'clock to get crankshaft keyway
at the 6 o'clock position.
8) Remove the right and left hand timing chains and crankshaft sprockets,
timing chain guides.

As you can read, this is very brief! There are details I left out, as there are 6 pages of details, pictures, etc.

You're going to need a good repair manual at the very least. I suggest you buy an "official" used Ford repair manual (volume II) and decide for yourself if this is something you have the tools and knowhow to tackle.
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FYI......

To change a timing belt on a 5.4L Ford, step 1 is find a different motor.



You refer to it as a timing belt.....

No such animal on these engines.

They use timing chains, which is a fix when it breaks issue.
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ahhhh crapppp... ill find out from a mechanic if it needs to be changed... just from looking at those brief instructions, i got confused as hell...

Oh well, was worth a look at
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Timing chains don't normally break unless something
else is wrong. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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ahhhh crapppp... ill find out from a mechanic if it needs to be changed... just from looking at those brief instructions, i got confused as hell...

Oh well, was worth a look at
first you need to be sure which one it is... one you shouldnt have to change during the lfie of a engine, the other (serpetine belt) last around 100K or so depends on alot of factors, like stated the serpetine i a piece of cake takes one tool, a half in ratchet and two hands and a new belt...

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first you need to be sure which one it is... one you shouldnt have to change during yhe lfie of a engine, the other (serpetine belt) last around 100K or so depends on alot of factors, like stated the serpetine i a piece of cake takes one tool, a half in ratchet and too hands and a new belt...
yeah the one that supposidly can go anytime after 100k is what im looking to replace so im not stuck on the side of the road...

can i get the belt at like pepboys or autozone?
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yeah the one that supposidly can go anytime after 100k is what im looking to replace so im not stuck on the side of the road...

can i get the belt at like pepboys or autozone?
yes, i would go to auto zone and get the gatorback belt by goodyear, its a great belt im running it on mine and had one on the old truck to, its very quite i think you can pick it up for around 30 bucks, the otther timing chains that are mentioned earlier might go out on you doubtful but you cant really check them unitl they break its not worth tearind down an engine just to take a look
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yes, i would go to auto zone and get the gatorback belt by goodyear, its a great belt im running it on mine and had one on the old truck to, its very quite i think you can pick it up for around 30 bucks, the otther timing chains that are mentioned earlier might go out on you doubtful but you cant really check them unitl they break its not worth tearind down an engine just to take a look
ok thanks, ill probably hit up autozone sometime this week. gotta find a gap between work and school haha
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I was wondering, i have a 06 5.4L Screw and was wondering how hard it is to change the timing belt... I have 133k miles, and have no idea if it was changed before i bought it... and i hear, after 100k miles, they can go at any moment... really dont feel like getting stuck on the side of the highway, considering i go through the ghetto to get to my school...

also, if its not to hard to for a DIY, what are the steps to doing this?
dude 99.9% sure you dont have a timing belt. its a chain. and its a pain in the *** to do if you dont have alot of mechanical experience.

when I say mechanical experience I mean like overhauling a motor. not just oil change and tune ups.

now you are talking about getting into a whole new animal.
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