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Old 11-23-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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2002 Focus 2.0 DOHC Timing Issues

Hello all, new to the forum and dohc timing. I was driving my focus down the street after having just pulled away from a light when the timing belt broke. I knew it was because I pulled the cover back a bit and confermed it on the side of the road. I had AAA tow it to the house and that is where the trouble began. It is really starting to make me look like a mook.
I have had it apart 4 times now and i am following directions from this site and ot just wont fire up. The first time it seemed like it was turning right but wouldnt start, the second time it sounded like it had no compression. As did the third and forth.
I am using the bar for the cams and the pin for the crank. I set the cams and place the bar, stick a screw driver in the number 1 cylinder and turn the crank till it is at the top then put the pin in and turn the crank till it stops at the pin. Put the belt on and put everything back together and nothing.


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Old 11-23-2014, 02:37 PM   #2
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Just which model zetec? (not the SVT?)

How far are you turning the crank to set it against the pin?

Any more description on the procedure you used?
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:49 PM   #3
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Look elsewhere. Timing the zetec with the proper tools is pretty foolproof. So being you've done it the same way 4 times now, odds say it isn't the problem.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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When the piston is at the top and i set the pin i turn the crank to what feels like bdc and it hits the pin.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:31 PM   #5
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But the first time i did it the sound was that of a motor out of time. The second time it sounded like no compression. Just seems weird.
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When the piston is at the top and i set the pin i turn the crank to what feels like bdc and it hits the pin.
180 degrees off doing it that way.

You need TDC #1 to set the cam timing.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:29 PM   #7
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I hope yours its not an interference engine !

As sailor said, your #1 piston is off the mark. Once you insert the timing pin, turn the crank slowly in the direction of its natural rotation only (I believe yours is clockwise) and once you hit the pin, #1 piston (the one at the cam belt end) should be at TDC. Verify this with a screwdriver through the spark plug hole.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:59 PM   #8
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When the piston is at the top and i set the pin i turn the crank to what feels like bdc and it hits the pin.
Rotating engine backwards...
Timing is set with #1 piston at tdc. I've timed zetec's with and without vct, only locking the cams, as long as #1 is at tdc, that's all that matters.
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Ok. When i have the screwdriver in the number one cylinder and the screw driver is as high as it goes I set the crank pin and when I turn the motor clockwise (natural rotation) the screwdriver looks as though it is as far down as it can go.
Am I supposed to turn it counter clockwise?
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I'm confused now...you seem to be saying that it locks on the pin at BDC of piston #1. Let's check something before we go any further - align the cam and insert the bar in the timing slots. Do you see the piston #1 valves closed - the cam lobes would either be just touching or completely clear from the tappets.
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