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Old 10-12-2010, 06:19 AM   #11
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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In a pinch, you can remove the spark plug on 1, insert a screw driver and find TDC that way. It doesn't have to be a screw driver, something long enough to touch the piston, slender enough to not damage the spark plug threads and clean enough to prevent contamination.

Person #1 turns crank with wrench
Person #2 holds the screw driver so that it's sitting on the piston, making sure it doesn't come into contact with the cylinder wall or the spark plug threads.

As person 1 VERY SLOWLY turns the crank, person 2 finds the location of TDC. TDC in this trick is exactly when the piston starts to lower.

For the slot bar for the cams, I used a piece of flat bar for welding I had floating around. I shined it up real good so no rust got under the valve cover and cleaned it. Then I ground two spots with my grinder until they just fit into the cam slots.

I made my own bolt without specs and it was too short so the timing was off but the screw driver trick worked enough for me until my timing kit arrives.

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:18 PM   #13
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Problem is, there is a dead spot at TDC that extends to both sides of it while piston slows down to a stop and reverse direction. You actually are supposed to try and gauge the exact center of that dead spot where screwdriver doesn't move. If you use where it stops or starts you are off a few degrees.

You can make the bar out of Home Depot 3/16" keyway stock for maybe $4 and then use a couple of feeler gauges stuck in either side to build up the .187" thick bar to .200". I use a .012" and .013" to fill in space and perfect. The bolt can be made too, mine cost maybe $2 and a bit of grinding on the bench grinder. Have used them several times now and they work perfect. Much closer than a screwdriver, one of my zetecs has VCT, it has to be pretty exact there.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:11 AM   #14
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Since I've seen 2 different lengths mentioned in this thread I'll add that there were some early timing tool kits (AEM I think, bought around 2000-2001) that had a pin a few millimeters too long. Lots of fun to run with the timing off that far... It may be that the older Zetecs (Contours, Cougars, etc.) needed the slightly longer pin. Once cut down to spec (probably out of the Haynes manual) it worked fine in my 2000 model year Focus/Zetec.
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You can simply use a metal beam to line up the cams like I did and it worked perfectly. I save me time and money by just looking around in my garage. All you need it to do is to keep your cams in line why spend so much money on something you can maybe find in a hardware store
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I do the same thing but it needs to fit tight. Like using the screwdriver in plug hole. Doable but you will often have error that way, maybe motor doesn't run quite as well or the mileage drops a bit. But do that same thing on one of these with VCT and you will go crazy, they require dead on timing, a two degree eroor can post codes.

I use my same timing pin from Haynes manual dimensions on my '98 Contour. The timing pin lines up the crank damper notch exactly to the oil pan timing bump. So, two ways to verify TDC on that one.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:43 PM   #17
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Cheapest I found was the OTC 6486 at Amazon.com. Currently, it's only $20 and has free super saver shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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It's not easier to just make the tool. Unless you happen to have a machine shop in your garage. Just scoop the OTC part for $20 and call it a day.
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Can make the pair for $5 and using a twenty dollar bench grinder. Machine shop? I think not. Internal brain limitations? Oh, yeah.
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Can make the pair for $5 and using a twenty dollar bench grinder. Machine shop? I think not. Internal brain limitations? Oh, yeah.
Haha, well you make it for him then! I'm just saying it has to be pretty damn close to perfect and even then the bastard is hard to work with. Can't beat $20 combined with the knowledge that what you have is exactly as it's supposed to be.
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