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05 Mustang V6/GT... timing belt or timing chain?

This may seem like a dumb question, but does either the V6 or V8 have a timing belt that has to be replaced? I like to do my own maintenance, and I've found replacing a timing belt to be a PITA, and expensive if you get the dealership to do it.

Also, are there any other maintenance items to take note of with these cars? (i.e. on some Chrysler V6s, the intake plenum has to be removed to replace the rear spark plugs!)


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This is a SOHC (single overhead cam) vehicle. There is one camshaft in each of the heads. There is no belt involved, but there is a timing chain for each of the camshafts.

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I believe that the engines in the Mustangs have timing chains. I am not sure about any other "special" requirements for maintenance. Its not old enough for anything yet.

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WOW I was gonna guess "belt" because you see 'em so frequently these days but the PDF spec says different:

Engine - Camshaft:

60 Degree V6 SOHC:
Location - Single, overhead
Drive type - Chain
Width/pitch mm (in) - 13.3/9.525 (.52/.375)

90 Degree V8 SOHC w/ VCT:
Location - SOHC in Cylinder Head
Drive type - Chain, Inverted Tooth
Width/pitch mm (in) - 13.0/9.5 (.51/.37)
PDF spec available here:

Not surprising since I guess both the V6 and V8 qualify as "cammers" and the 427 Cammer had a chain - 5 feet of it....amazing and musta been quite a PITA in it's own right I'm sure!

I thought I rememeber the brochure said something about 100K miles without tuneup (maybe plugs too?) I might be fulla poup on that tho....

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Timing chains! Woohoo!! No need to disassemble half the engine every 60,000 miles!

I'm liking these cars more and more all the time

How about wheel bearings? Are they using the sealed units now? My Fox Mustang still had the tapered bearings that had to be cleaned and repacked every so often. Not that I mind working on my cars, I'd just rather be driving them!

Thanks for the responses!!
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