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Timing belt replacement - is it due?

Why does my 10 year old Focus 1800 Zetec require a new timing belt and pulleys etc when the mileage is only 52,000 against Ford's recommended figure of 100,000?

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Because the belt is getting old and because mileage is far less relevant than the number of times the engine has been started. That is when a timing belt is under its greatest stress. Later Focus 1.8 and C-Max 1.8 had timing chain engines.
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