Does my car need a new timing belt

Asked by Jan 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM about the 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

People keep telling ,me I need to have my timing belt
changes.  Is that true

4 Answers


2004 Ford Explorer did not use a timing belt. It used a timing chain and as long as it is running properly no special service to the chains is required.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

The 4.0L engine has 4 timing chains, and the 4.6L has 2 timing chains. So the concern for things to wrong is that there are fiber guides that the chain runs on in-order to keep the proper tension that do wear out. I would suggest finding some one or a shop and have the valve train inspected if there are a lot of miles on the vehicle. That way they can inform you of the condition of the timing chains and what noises to listen for in the future. Once you know all this it just needs to be done once so you know.


Why do people tell you that the chains need changing? Do they rattle a lot? If so you probably need to have them replaced along with the guides and tensioners.


If the rear guides, tensioner, or chain needs to be replace, look for another engine. The engine has to come out of the vehicle to service those parts in the rear.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 64,080 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $2,000.


Ford Explorer Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Expedition
451 Great Deals out of 20,024 listings starting at $2,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
803 Great Deals out of 73,495 listings starting at $500
Used Ford F-150
2,525 Great Deals out of 219,810 listings starting at $1,222
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
626 Great Deals out of 37,207 listings starting at $795
Used Dodge Durango
228 Great Deals out of 24,473 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Highlander
443 Great Deals out of 44,503 listings starting at $1,750
Used Honda Pilot
452 Great Deals out of 39,064 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Escape
913 Great Deals out of 105,387 listings starting at $550
Used Toyota 4Runner
299 Great Deals out of 30,520 listings starting at $2,995
Used Nissan Pathfinder
305 Great Deals out of 22,132 listings starting at $1,495
Used GMC Yukon
362 Great Deals out of 18,696 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,183 Great Deals out of 150,273 listings starting at $1,499

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Explorer For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 33,708 listings starting at $23,218
2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
138 Great Deals out of 8,051 listings starting at $17,495
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
115 Great Deals out of 3,837 listings starting at $12,500
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
303 Great Deals out of 6,827 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
140 Great Deals out of 3,232 listings starting at $9,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.