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Old 03-31-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Timing belt issues

I have just finished replacing the timing belt on my 2001 and I have gone thru the adjustment proceedure three times but I still cant seem to get the timing correct. It misses and I am not sure where I have gone wrong. Could this be from the ECU needing to "relearn" the settings? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am considering taking it to Ford and letting them set the timing at this point since I am drawing a blank.

What happened to the simple timing marks on the pulleys and block method???


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Old 04-01-2008, 08:04 AM   #2
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Double check your self this way , remove valve cover and #1 spk plug , put long screw driver into #1 plug hole and with ratched rotate the engine in its running direction till it comes to the VERY TOP where it does not move any more , you may have to do this a few times to get use to what to look for as when your at TDC (Top Dead Center ) the crank will still rotate slightly but the screw driver not go up any more , you have to do this slow and have some one helping , when you get to this point , you could be right on and your cam plates slip right in or 180 deg off and have to ratate it around till you get TDC again

What your looking for is the piston at TDC and the cam plate to slip right in , some engine stop tools were made wrong and had the engine in the wrong position to install belt

If the timing is anywhere neer close you should not be getting any missing

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Old 04-01-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info turbo. I made my own stop pin tool from a bolt and information in the Haynes manual. It said to make it 63.4mm long and I found a 65mm and washer and ground the end down a bit to give some better clearance from the exhaust. I just find it hard to believe that there is a documented process for this that I have followed quite carfully and cant seem to get it right. Probably done a dozen belts on other cars and no where near this much trouble...
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