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Old 02-23-2013, 12:42 AM   #171
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I'd be stopping that cousin from working on the car. Replacing plugs and wires is not an acceptable option for the problems you describe, in short, he does not know what he is doing. Like other guy says, you must have yielded some major harness wiring in there somewhere, the reason why a seasoned mechanic goes out of his way to not stress old wiring.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:52 AM   #172
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I'd check the grounds from the battery to the various points on the engine. Smells like a grounding problem.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:57 PM   #173
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I recently replaced the timing belt on my 01 ZX3 Zetec. I used a breaker bar/starter bump to loosen the harmonic balancer bolt. How do you keep the engine from turning when tightening it back up on the re-install? I have a cheapie plastic strap wrench, but that would only hold the balancer to about 55 ft lbs of torque before it started to give. Any other tips or suggestions?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #174
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Roper Doper son.

Pull Any sparkplug and push a piece of rope down into the head( about 8-10"), not allowing all of it to enter. As the piston rises in the cylinder, it will interfere with the top of the head, thus stopping the engine to rotate. And NO, it WILL NOT cause damage to the engine. Been using this method for freakin' years and had fantastic results. Others sell expensive parts for holding the rotating engines, I think out of the box. Simple S%$T>
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:57 PM   #175
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Think a little further............that method works great but I have seen the extremely rare instance where the piston locked at the outer edge first at squish or quench area to weirdly crack off a piece of piston edge at ring land...........the piece blew backwards through intake and into another cylinder to break THAT piston up, the motor threw a rod on the next startup after the work was performed. The cylinder that was locked with rope was unharmed except piston and the piece left matching marks on the piston that lost its' rod. You don't see that every day.........

I use the old timing belt for both damper and cam sprockets as a tool. Pull belt tight around whatever and then sink visegrips into the belt then load grips sideways to take up belt looseness and lock it down. Use belt backwards on damper for more bite in grooves. You can cut belt into smaller pieces to make more than one strap, when it tears out at visegrip teeth get another.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #176
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Done it hundreds/marine/heavy Cat equipment/aircraft.

Yes AMC49...that is your madness. Whilst you are trying to locate a pair of vice gripps, and cutting pieces of belt to clamp on the power pully, I've got the nut tightened. So simple, even a cave man could do it!
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #177
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Roperdoper

I"m a fan of this method, when done with reasonable care I've yet to see an issue.

"Fraid that like anything else, if there's a way to screw it up - someone will manage it!

Got a special piece of rope handy in the toolbox for this very trick!

(originally learned it for small engine repair, particularly easy on 2-cycle engines...)

Pick a cyl. that's nearing TDC compression stroke, run in the cord, then bring it up by hand 'till it snugs up & you can feel if it's working as desired. BEFORE putting any torque to anything.... No worries then Mate!
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Other Ideas:

1. Remove starter motor and lock ring gear.

2. Make a forked holding tool to hold/wedge pulley whilst you tighten bolt. Pulley is held on shaft nose by a keyway on 1.8/2.0's so pulley wont move if you lock it.

3. Get someone to hold footbrake on hard and/or put front wheel back on and lower the car slightly on to blocks of wood and chock front wheel (assuming of course that you already have passenger side motor mount back on).

I've always removed the starter motor at the begininning of changing timing belts and as soon as I've found TDC the ring gear is locked....this way whatever I do to the engine the crankshaft doesnt move and the balancer bolt can be removed and refitted with ease.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #179
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Wish I had FOOT OF.......

I agree Sailor...a piece of cotton rope a foot long will not let the piston turn over. A speciality tool is probably avalibe for this job, but what did the old techs. use before the S. tools? A ROPE!
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:24 PM   #180
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I have Chuck Norris hold it for me while I tighten or I just use some loc-tite on the bolt
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