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It has a metal housing over the, chain OR belt? Dealer doesnt know if its a belt or chain either, when I called him. Even w/ the VIN # he cant tell nor can his tech tell me. My buddy thinks its a chain but maybe its a belt? Anyone have one & know for sure whats in this truck? Its a front wheel ONLY (2W drive). Its a 4 cylinder engine. Its not a 4x4, etc. Its the stripped down model. It has 145K miles on it, thus Im sure its due soon. I bought it w/ 142K miles on it a few months ago.
Re: "02 Ford Ranger 2.3L twin overhead 4 cyl. = timing belt OR chain? (rangerman)Call another dealer that"s not a moron.
Re: "02 Ford Ranger 2.3L twin overhead 4 cyl. = timing belt OR chain? (anarchyx34)
I might be wrong but most of the time a timing belt has an easily removable steel / plastic cover over the belt like this
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and an engine with a timing chain usually requires that you remove the valve cover and an aluminum cover mated to the engine ( something that has a seal to prevent oil leaks ) to access it. Someone correct me if there are exceptions, these are just my own observations.
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Re: "02 Ford Ranger 2.3L twin overhead 4 cyl. = timing belt OR chain? (rangerman)
its probably both!just kidding
The Duratec 23 uses a timing chain. And your truck is RWD. And it sounds like you should stay away from that dealer.
Quote, originally posted by Viss1 »
The Duratec 23 uses a timing chain. And your truck is RWD. And it sounds like you should stay away from that dealer.

Indeed.Although, body-on-frame FWD pickups have been done before - see the Chevy S10 EV. (EV1 drivetrain in an S10.)
Quote, originally posted by Coupe__88 »
I might be wrong but most of the time a timing belt has an easily removable steel / plastic cover over the belt like this and an engine with a timing chain usually requires that you remove the valve cover and an aluminum cover mated to the engine ( something that has a seal to prevent oil leaks ) to access it. Someone correct me if there are exceptions, these are just my own observations.

The Miata requires that you take the valve cover off to change the timing belt. For some reason only the Miata"s BP is like this - other versions of the same engine have a plastic top cover separate from the valve cover.
Re: "02 Ford Ranger 2.3L twin overhead 4 cyl. = timing belt OR chain? (AKADriver)
Why don"t you just go to autozone or checkers and ask, they should have it in their computers
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Quote, originally posted by BRealistic »
I just checked the O"Reilly Auto Parts website- It is actually a timing belt.

Are you sure you"re looking at the Duratec 23 and not the old Lima 2.3L? AFAIK the Duratec 23 is chain-only.
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Quote, originally posted by Viss1 »
Are you sure you"re looking at the Duratec 23 and not the old Lima 2.3L? AFAIK the Duratec 23 is chain-only.

Yup, its a chain. (well actually, I"ve seen a belt-conversion kit, but that was race only). Wasn"t 2002 the first year for the Duratec in the Ranger?
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Quote, originally posted by Egz »
Yup, its a chain. (well actually, I"ve seen a belt-conversion kit, but that was race only). Wasn"t 2002 the first year for the Duratec in the Ranger?

Quote, originally posted by Viss1 »
Are you sure you"re looking at the Duratec 23 and not the old Lima 2.3L? AFAIK the Duratec 23 is chain-only.

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yes.EDIT- dang, I just tried again and it wouldn"t give me a timing belt or chain part. It asked if the engine was a D code. Maybe they had both a timing belt and timing chain depending on when the engine was made (D code)?
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Quote, originally posted by BRealistic »
Maybe they had both a timing belt and timing chain depending on when the engine was made (D code)?
The dealer is probably confused as to whether the truck has the Lima 2.5L (belt) or Duratec 23 (chain). I thought all "02s had the Duratec. Not sure if there"s a digit in the VIN that indicates either one.
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