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Old September 13th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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I blew the timing belt on a 98 ford escort zx2. It has a 2.0 dohc engine. I have found this is a non interference engine so the valve should be fine. My question comes with how do i get everything timed back to were it should be? There are no marks on the cam gears so i am lost. If i have it on TDC on the intake stroke with the intake valves open and exhaust vavles shut shouldnt that get me close? Car is a piece that i use to get back and forth to work so spending tons of money is out of the question, was hoping to fix it myself but not looking good.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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it requires some special tools to align everything. IIRC Imade one out of a piece of 1/8 flat stock, before I bought the set of timing alignment tools. I have the complete Ford timing tool set, so if I remember, I'll take a pic and some measurements of the tool you need
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thanks, called around today. Looks like 300 to have it fixed. Even tho its a piece driving 80 miles a day in my 16 mpg truck sucks compard to 34 in the scort.
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That's not a bad price. To do it yourself, you're probably around $200 in parts and tools. How much is your time worth? IIRC my wife had the same car, and they charged her $275 at the local shop.
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