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06-30-2005 02:37 PM
crazymechanic call steeda or some other company that sells cams for the focus. they might have the TDC crank peg, and if not, they probably know where you can get one.
06-30-2005 01:45 PM
xxltall Well I tried once and it was not right so now I want to do every step. I do not want to do this a third time so if I can find it I will use it.
06-30-2005 10:27 AM
j0hnZ True you don't have to have it but would you rather do it right the first time?
06-29-2005 09:40 PM
elitekorri You don't need the crank TDC... just turn over your crank with a screwdriver in your cyl1/4 until you see the screwdriver hit TDC (top dead center). Don't move your engine... lock your cam in place horizontal.... put on your cam belt.... tighten your cam belt... tighten your cam sprockets... done! (now just dyno tune your cam retard/advance to get best #'s)
06-29-2005 04:16 PM
xxltall I had the one at the end of the cams. I just used a piece of flat stock I cut to the right size. The crank TDC peg how can I get one of these?
06-28-2005 05:43 PM
crazymechanic there's actually two timing tools, though if you're real careful you only need one. one is the cam alignment bar, the other is a crank TDC peg. you remove a blanking plug from the block and put the peg in and turn the crank over until it hits the peg. now you're at cyl 1 TDC
06-28-2005 05:38 PM
Originally posted by crazymechanic
when the cams are properly lined up and the crank is at TDC cyl 1 compression, the intake cam should have the cylinder 1 lobes pointing toward the back of the car, and the exhaust cam should have the lobes pointing toward the front.
Correct face the cam lobes facing apart. You should have gotten a cam alignment tool. There are indents on the cams opposite of the cam gears you stick the alignment tool there and stick the belt on. Of course after cylinder 1 is at TDC.

By the way their are a million zx2 sites all over the place. Check my sig for one of them.
06-28-2005 08:51 AM
crazymechanic when the cams are properly lined up and the crank is at TDC cyl 1 compression, the intake cam should have the cylinder 1 lobes pointing toward the back of the car, and the exhaust cam should have the lobes pointing toward the front.
06-28-2005 08:27 AM
xxltall Some more info and questions that can shed some light.
Yes this is on the ZX2 Escort not a ZX3 Focus. You guys seem to know more about the motor than most the other Ford small car guys and this is why I ask for your help. I have been trying every Form forum tiring to find the proper way.

Tension is correct. That is very easy to do I know that is good.
I thought I had all the timing marks set but the instructions had some different looking marks. I would like to find a way to verify the marks if possible.
I did turn the motor over by hand to see that I would not crunch a valve and it does run and does not show any sign of crunching, thank God.
Some people in the other forums have said to stick a screwdriver in cyl #1 and find TDC that way rather than using the marks.
When the motor is in TDC what should the cams look like? How can I tell if they are in the right spot?
How can I reset the VCT?
I sooo wish I had the money just to take it to someone to get it right but it really was not that hard of a job except for this problem.
06-28-2005 01:01 AM
crazymechanic actually, if the timing procedure isn't followed correctly, the VCT will not work properly. the VCT depends on the pulley being in a certain position when it is tightened to the 0 degree times camshaft.
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