Originally Posted by 1turbofocus
Why take the Cam gears loose at all ?
Ya know, Tom, the more I think about Ford's process on this, the less I understand it. If the car is running good when you remove the old belt, why would they even suggest you loosen the cam gears???? Once the crank is at TDC, the belt is removed and the timing bar is slipped into the cams, everything is as good as it's going to get, right? So at that point you just index the cam gears to each other with a Sharpie and a straight edge, remove the timing bar and tension the new belt on. As long as the cam gear marks stay dead on, it's all good, right? What am I missing?