2002 Taurus 24 Valve

Does the 24 Valve Duratec 2002 Taurus have an interference engine? Does it utilize a timing belt or a timing chain?
Do you recomend 5,000 mile oil change intervals like the manual says?

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it has a belt, and is an interference engine, i would reccomend frequent oil changes since this engine can suffer from hydraulic tappet wear, good oil should help combat this problem.

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we dont have the taurus in the UK, i assumed it was the same lump as used in the probe which is a V6 24v, and utilises a belt, appologies for incorrect info.
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Chain.
Yes, with Mobil 1.
Jeff
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[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the cited author.]
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All Duratec V6's (2.5L and 3.0L and presumably the Gen 3 SHO's 3.4L V8) use a chain. A Google search found one post saying the 2.5L is not an interference. Another implies the 3.0L is. Generally, since it has a chain (actually 2 chains), it shouldn't be a real worry unless you change them and screw up the timing.

Of course, or sooner if you wish, depending on your driving habits.
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