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I have a 1999 Mercury Village with 123000 miles. Should I replace the timing belt, as a matter of good maintenance? I want to run the car forever.

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  • aephelps Jun 15, 2009

    Hi, I clicked on the link, How to Change Timing Belt, and in the Introduction, it said that in the event of a timing belt failure, it is unlikely that any engine damage would occur. Do you disagree?

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With this design engine, if the timing belt breaks, the engine will be damaged. The factory maintenance calls for the timing belt to be replaced at 105,000 miles. Failure to install correct timing belt may result in a "whining" noise from engine compartment after replacement. So it is recommended to change the timing belt. Also check this link:

How to change Timing Belt in 1999 Mercury Villager

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    Rylee Smith Jun 15, 2009

    Generally it doesn't affect the engine as it is a free-wheeling engine. However, if a timimg belt failure occurs then we need to replace the belt as soon as possible. Please follow the instructions to replace the timing belt on your 1999 Villager.

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