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post #1 of 13 Old 02-09-2010, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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My C-Max has only 40,800 miles and 4 1/4 years ,and the cam belt has just gone .Total cost of repair 1650.50p .Suggest you all get your Idler arm checked ,this is what worked loose on mine.I have spoken to Ford ccustomer service but as far as thier concerned its out of warranty.
For those asking what the life of your cam belt is its 130,000 on up to 05, then 125,000 06 onwards .The time frame is ten years.
Sorry but when I finish paying for this one I will not be touching another Ford.
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune but it could have been any of the popular makes ofvehicle




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can someone please explain to me what a Idler arm is and can this problem arise in both petrol and diesal c max models
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It's the spring loaded bar that applies the correct tension to the cam belt and in some form or another is likely to be in all OHC engines




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Idler arm!?! All of the cmax petrol and diesels have a tensioner pulley with an integral "window" built in, no arm is fitted, the only Ford engine in my mind that employs that system is the old DOHC driven by chain!
As previously stated, it can happen to any major manufacturer!
Usually there is a noise, not much help now I know, or when you're on the outside lane of a motorway!

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Topic moved.

Could you provide more information on what version of Cmax you have?
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-09-2010, 01:11 PM
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I only ask this as I recently had my alternater changed and the guy that did it saied that some pulleys were very lose. He took a piece off with a wheel on and it moved a great deal from side to side and the car now is making a noise I have never heard before and after reading this I now an very worried. THANKS for answering my question guys. I have only basic mechanical skills and this went straight over my head
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-09-2010, 03:12 PM
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Sounds as though your aux drive belt idler/tensioner needs replacing, best done sooner rather than later.

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This happened on an old sierra i had in the outside lane of the M42 with another lorry behind me and nowwhere to go....result total loss of the engine ! also had it on a yuky vauxhall cavalier

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THANKS MATE[img]smileys/smiley20.gif[/img] The car has only done 38000 miles but seeing the above I guess that dont matter
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