What are the signs a timimg chain on a 2000 Ford Focus has broken?

Asked by Aug 29, 2014 at 08:46 AM about the 2000 Ford Focus SE

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No start. Going past the recommended time to change it. Stalled out when driving. Stuff like that.

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Your Focus has a timing belt, chains rarely break. They began using chains in 2004===== http://corporate.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/ask-ford-faqs?packedargs=inputtext%3DTiming%2BBelts%2Band%2BChains%26qtype%3Dqn%26questionId%3Dsuggested3==== But at least it's a non-interference engine according to .. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92310 so if it did break things are not as bad as on some cars, but it will not start, no way

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Then again there is another opinion on that. At https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081225170123AAtmHy9 (which IMO is not the most reliable of places for this kind of information) Quote: ... If the 8th digit of your VIN number is a '3' then you have the 2.0L DOHC engine, which is an interference engine. If the 8th digit of your VIN number is a 'P' then you have the 2.0L SOHC engine, which is a non-interference engine" End Quote. But http://www.ehow.com/how_5819240_tell-type-engine-ford-vin.html disputes that quote and personally I would trust ehow more than Yahoo Q&A Forums. You may have to pull the timing cover off anf look at the belt, and a 15 year old car if the belt has never been changed it needs to be asap anyway, regardless of mileage

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Yes,agree time for a change.

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