Timing belt and valve cover gasket questions - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus First Generation > ZETEC Performance (2000-2004)

ZETEC Performance (2000-2004) The place to chat about any 2.0L Zetec engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
bringler26
FUBARCUS
 
bringler26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 59705
Location: Mentor, OH
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 & 07 Impreza 2.5i

Posts: 5,683
FF Reputation: 29 bringler26 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
Timing belt and valve cover gasket questions

Hey guys well my car is nearing 90k miles and I was wondering how hard it is to do the timing belt my self Ive not really ever done anything like this before. Also my valve cover gasket has an ultra slow leak. By ultra slow I mean In 5,000 miles I don't even have to add oil to the car cause it never gets to the fill mark. I may have an install day depending on what answers I get from you guys. Thanks for the help.


__________________
2003 Ford Focus ZX3("FUBARCUS" was "Brokus") - old and still busted
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i - current DD
Quote:
Originally Posted by zetecDon View Post
I always moderate naked!
bringler26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-27-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
FociBoi121
Focus Addict
 
FociBoi121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Fan#: 53573
Location: Palm Coast, FL, FL
What I Drive: 2003 InfraRed ZX3 ATX

Posts: 801
FF Reputation: 4 FociBoi121 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
valve cover gasket is fairly easy but make sure you clean the inside of valve cover gasket lining i used a toothpick with bits of paper towel on it and on the head itself i used a terry towel and rubbed the old gasket lining off but dont get debris snagged or attached to the cams and valvetrain

when you tighten up the bolts start from center out

when finished start the car let it warm up check for mainly leaks by the t-stat housing and the side facing you where exhaust manifold is you'll most likely find yourself loosening and tightening till u get it seated (redid mine 3 times)really helps to have a torque wrench if u can find one with settings lower than i think 19-24 ft lbs dont overtighten snapping a bolt in the head is never good

as far as timing belt i hear it can be tricky im not sure i think you'll need this tool that keeps the cams and timing in place someone else step in on this
__________________
Current Mods: about me profile
ZETEC Crew #237
HATCHBACK LOVER #121
PS3 ID: LarkBoi189
Slow bolt ons added or bolt ons slowly added?
FociBoi121 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2009, 08:26 PM   #3
bringler26
FUBARCUS
 
bringler26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 59705
Location: Mentor, OH
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 & 07 Impreza 2.5i

Posts: 5,683
FF Reputation: 29 bringler26 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
Thank you for the response! I think I know what tool you are referring to.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus ZX3("FUBARCUS" was "Brokus") - old and still busted
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i - current DD
Quote:
Originally Posted by zetecDon View Post
I always moderate naked!
bringler26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2009, 09:49 PM   #4
focusmaniaczx3
I need BOOOOST!!!!!!
 
focusmaniaczx3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Fan#: 55157
Location: conover, NC
What I Drive: zx3 turbo, kia soul, 71 chevy c/10

Posts: 5,984
FF Reputation: 35 focusmaniaczx3 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (14)
just did a contour valve cover swap on my pile today. valve cover is very easy just make sure you clean everything up really well and make sure its seated well. timing belt im not going there. never done one on a focus with the motor still in the car.
__________________
focus-power P&P head $1100
focus-power DIY turbo kit $1495
tom's first time in Vegas? PRICELESS!
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1turbofocus
I love this big little city HOOTERS !
Every time you drink a beer somewhere an ugly woman becomes beautiful, so get to it!
focusmaniaczx3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2009, 12:21 AM   #5
Sarif2029
Focus Addict
 
Sarif2029's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 33430
Location: Lynchburg, VA
What I Drive: 2003 Pitch Black SVT #3844

Posts: 770
FF Reputation: 7 Sarif2029 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (8)
ur gona need at least 6 -8 hrs to do the timing belt. I highly recommend removing the PS strut assy but thats just me. You will need to remove the PS wheel well. I also recommend alot of ziplock bags, masking tape and sharpie, b/c of all the bolts. Getting the cam alignment tool from CFM isnt a bad idea either(<<-- GET THIS). While you are doing the timing belt, replace the TB pullies as well i think the set from is 80 from autozone IIRC, and the serpintine belt as well.

There are 3 covers for the TB. The plastic one by the VC, a metal one in the middle, and a lower plastic one. The crank and water pump pullies will have to be removed to get the covers off (lower) and to get to a torx bolt (WP).

Replacing the belt isnt difficult its just time consuming. I'd be happy to discuss it with you or to answer any questions you might have. just shoot me a PM or hit me up on my cell it should be in my profile.

-Sarif2029
__________________
2003 Pitch Black SVT 3844 of 3985

RIP: 2000 Red ZX3 Born: Feb, 2000 Died: May 23, 2009
Garage Sale --> http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3522123#post3522123
Sarif2029 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2009, 09:16 AM   #6
FociBoi121
Focus Addict
 
FociBoi121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Fan#: 53573
Location: Palm Coast, FL, FL
What I Drive: 2003 InfraRed ZX3 ATX

Posts: 801
FF Reputation: 4 FociBoi121 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
yeah also if your valve cover isnt leaking on the sides after replacement go ahead and drive but pull your plug wires evey so often to make sure oil isnt leaking into the seats of your spark plugs
__________________
Current Mods: about me profile
ZETEC Crew #237
HATCHBACK LOVER #121
PS3 ID: LarkBoi189
Slow bolt ons added or bolt ons slowly added?
FociBoi121 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2009, 06:29 PM   #7
guitarseth
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 7887
Location: Wooster, OH, United States
What I Drive: 2003 French Blue Metallic ZX3

Posts: 506
FF Reputation: 3 guitarseth Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Bring it over and we'll swap it out for you. It'll probably only take a few hours. I've got the Zetec timing gear toolset. Pick up a new belt, timing belt tensioner and idler as well as a valve cover gasket from Hillbish or someone.
__________________
Mild NA build - modded for driving enjoyment
guitarseth is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2009, 08:58 PM   #8
bringler26
FUBARCUS
 
bringler26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Fan#: 59705
Location: Mentor, OH
What I Drive: 03 ZX3 & 07 Impreza 2.5i

Posts: 5,683
FF Reputation: 29 bringler26 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
that would be great
__________________
2003 Ford Focus ZX3("FUBARCUS" was "Brokus") - old and still busted
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i - current DD
Quote:
Originally Posted by zetecDon View Post
I always moderate naked!
bringler26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks
-->
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Ultimate 03-09 Focus Thread, SUPER LARGE AMOUNTS OF INFO. honhon DURATEC Performance (2008-2011) 59 08-04-2013 10:41 PM
Timing Belt Info Spanky6935 General Technical Chat 13 09-30-2011 10:54 PM
Timing belt problem matthewsvt General Technical Chat 22 07-16-2007 03:00 PM
General Specs on the 2.0L Duratec b16sir1991 General Technical Chat 0 04-18-2007 10:22 AM
General specs on the SPI b16sir1991 General Technical Chat 0 04-18-2007 10:20 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.