When do I change timing belt on 2005 Ford Escape Limited V8


Asked by Jul 14, 2016 at 11:07 AM about the 2005 Ford Escape Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Is there a certain mileage I need to replace the timing belt and water pump?  
I've got the engine pulled and transmission being worked on and I was asked if  
I wanted those two things replaced given it was all apart now.  Should I get it

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Bob Beaman

There is no such thing as a v-8 in a Ford Escape in the USA.

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You must mean the 3.0 V6. It's a dual overhead cam engine, and a complex job. Service interval for Ford V6's varies, but around 100K. It is a 9-12 hours job, but in your case, with the engine out for other service it will be less. If your vehicle is high miles, and you plan on keeping it, then I suppose it would make sense to replace the timing chain and water pump. This job, on it's own, would probably set you back $1100 to 1500, depending on where you live. I know a couple mechanics who feel you don't really "service" these, rather just replace them when you have signs they are failing. (the tensioners tend to go before the chains). The replacement parts kits alone can run you over 400. That's why these mechs feel it isn't a 'serviceable' part, and when it's needed you may as well give the engine a mild rebuild too (replace head gaskets at least). In fact that's something you should ask your mechanics: replace the head gaskets. With the timing chains off, it's a perfect time to do those as well.


About 100,000 miles

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Tom Demyan

2005 Ford Escape V6 3.0L has a timing chain not a belt., no need to replace the chain at certain intervals.

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Bob Beaman

Duratec 3.0 v6 and the 4.0 v-6 both use timing chains not belts.

Bob Beaman

Damn, Tom beat me to it.


Thank you all SO much. I have a family friend replacing torque converter and he ended up pulling engine and transmission out so he asked me if I wanted to put in the water pump and replace timing on it. I likely misunderstood him. Most folks responded to the timing chain clarification but I didn't hear much on changing water pump.


I would do the water pump. That's not that expensive a part. As you say, the motor is already out, it's cheaper to replace parts now rather than after the motor is back in the suv.

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