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Old 07-01-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
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Timing belt problem

So I am replacing my timing belt. Very easy, until the whole "timing" part comes into play.

How do you time the svt focus? (or any focus) I TDC the crank, use my flat edge on the rear of both cam's, and slide the belt on. The crank turns and then its out of time. Even if I don't see it turn, I rotate the engine a few times, and re-check. Both cam's are out.

So what is this "pully blanking plug?" I see a T55 torx on both cams. I removed the intake one, and see an external torx inside. Is it possible to turn the cams with the belt on, then tighton them up so the crank doesnt move? Im allmost done! Any help would be great! I just can't get it timed right!


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Old 07-01-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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Might take it a while to get it right.

DOHC models are a bitch to get it right, but I never owned one.

My brother does Machanical work and had trouble with timing on DOHC models than SOHC.
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leave the gears slightly loose, then follow these directions...
http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=17
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So both cam gears need to be loose? I couldnt get the exhaust side loose. I will try an impact on it. So the T-55 bolts are what loosen's the cam's? I can see what you mean by being a prick. I put my vice grips on the cam gears so they cant turn. (as well as my flat edge) should that be enough?

How can I keep the crank from turning? Is it possible to turn the cam's without the gears moving, then tighton the gears?
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If you look between the lobes on the cam between cyl 1&2 you'll see a place the cams can be held.
DO NOT use the bar in the end of the cams for this.from experience i can tell you a new cam is 140 bucks. i snapped the end off of mine.
hold it with a crescent wrench where i said to tighten and loosen the cam gears.
and yes, both gears must remain loose till everything else is set up and aligned. then simply snug them, then torque.
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ok thankyou very much! first thing tommorw morning:)
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Another awesome find. go with that
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I was able to get the exhaust cam gear to spin free, but not the intake. I can move the cam a little bit, but its fighting me to spring in either direction. It doesnt sit nice like the other one. Im thinking because of the VCT? I took both T-55's out. Whats with the "E-torx" beyond the plug on the intake cam. I couldnt get it loose. Should I? That cam will NOT turn without the gear! Makes things harder.
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yes, the etorx has to be loosened,its actually the cam bolt.
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what state are you in by the way?
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