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Old 04-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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I did mine by the book, it started the first time, never got a code, and I gained some lost power that I never knew about. I didn't think the job was as bad as people say, but it's great to have a helper to two, especially to hold the cams.

I had a 1381 code two weeks before the scheduled timing belt change, it "fixed" itself overnight, so I drove it until the change. I think some cars can get away without loosening the cam gears, while others can't. I did it the safe way, plus with the prior code I think I would've had timing problems if I didn't.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:45 PM   #12
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no what i need to know is what i did wrong, timing tool in the cams and crank sitting on the pin. where do i need to turn the intake cam because even with the cam gear tight the part where the belt goes will turn. So do i need to turn the gear to where it stops clockwise or counterclockwise or somewhere in the middle. i have changed alot of reg focus belts but this is my first SVT
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:56 PM   #13
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no what i need to know is what i did wrong, timing tool in the cams and crank sitting on the pin. where do i need to turn the intake cam because even with the cam gear tight the part where the belt goes will turn. So do i need to turn the gear to where it stops clockwise or counterclockwise or somewhere in the middle. i have changed alot of reg focus belts but this is my first SVT
It needs to be either fully clockwise or counter clockwise, and I'm pretty sure all the way clockwise. I do know what you're talking about, some of the Escort ZX2 Zetecs had VCT on the exhaust cam and that's how you set it, with the cam as far forward as it goes. Ford manual doesn't mention that part at all, which is extremely infuriating.

Everybody talking shit about loosening the cam pulley bolts, it might not be entirely necessary but you shouldn't brag about fast times when cutting corners just because you don't get it and skipped that part.
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i really dont want to set my timing on a im pretty sure lol mine took me 5 hours total but thats doing a new waterpump, serp belt , serp belt tensioner on top of the timing belt and pulleys etc
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anyone have an opinion on a good mileage to do a timing belt replacement?
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anyone have an opinion on a good mileage to do a timing belt replacement?
80k, both from hearsay and experience. My tensioner was in the very beginning stages of going, I could spin the pulley while on the belt.
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80k, both from hearsay and experience. My tensioner was in the very beginning stages of going, I could spin the pulley while on the belt.
good to know cause i'm around 72k right now
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mine is fixed you can change it whenever some people on here say 80k i just did mine at 100k the belt was ok the pullies where about shot
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i just did mine this weekend at 62k and my belt was partly shredded because my tensioner went bad and it was throwing the belt into my aluminum underdrive crank pulley would post a pic but i cant.. i did mine without the ford tools and came out perfect, i didnt loosen the cam gears, just use a paint marker to make your own timing marks before you take the old belt off and use your brain
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Yeah, you have to take the age of the original belt and pullies into consideration too, the belt could "rot" from age in a sense; but it's the tensioner that seems to go first.
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