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Old 10-13-2005, 07:32 AM   #10
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My kid had a Zetec Contour with variable timing on exhaust side and the actuator stuck. Ford did a high powered oil system flush of some sort and it didn't help. That actuator was a $600 part and half a day to replace it. It may be nothing like our system, but the precaution would be the same, use good quality oil and replace it fairly often. I use the syn blend Castrol and replace every 5000 miles with all highway driving. If I did a lot of warm weather or around town driving, I would probably go full synthetic and more frequent changes.
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