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What is the mileage the timing belt should be replaced on a 94 Tracer? 1.9 engine Checked the air filter and noticed a small amount of engine oil in the filter and filter holder,what is the problem?

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  • oldponi Jan 18, 2009

    I have the the owners manual and there is nothing even mentioned in the whole manual about timing belts what so ever.Thanks for the information.

  • ellsme Mar 19, 2009

    2001 Mercury Villager. Cannot find info in manual as to how many miles timing belt should be replaced.



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Your service manual should give you an exact number on the timing belt mileage, but I think it is a good investment to change it every 50 thousand miles or 4 or 5 years. Age and weather can be as devastating on a belt as mileage and I found out the hard way that you don't want that thing to break while you are driving somehwhere. It should also be replaced any time you replace the water pump if they share a space in the engine and it isn't brand new already. If you or someone you know can do the work you can save hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself.

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