I am a new owner of a 2014 Escape Tit. I've been told that the timing belt on the 1.6L is a weak spot and is NOT covered by the Warranty. I would like your input on the subject as this "gossip" is making me sorry I purchased an Escape.
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Posted 01 August 2016 - 07:31 AM
Posted 23 January 2017 - 05:17 PM
Any rubber & fabric based timing belt is a weak point compared with a steel timing chain. A timing belt is usually good for about 100K miles and should be replaced after that. Read your manual: the maintenance section will probably address that aspect of taking care of your vehicle. Most small engines have a rubber & fabric timing belt. When it fails, the valve train ceases to operate and the engine will NOT run! Plus that, in some high compression engines, the valves may interfere with the pistons and belt failure can result in damaged pistons and connecting rods. Beaucoup repair cost involved or a used engine transplant...Why use a timing belt? It is a matter of cost for the manufacturer!!!