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Old 06-17-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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Exhaust T55 cam gear bolt stripped

So, my brother and i were doing my SVT's timing belt, and we got the belt on and went to loosen the gears to adjust the timing. The E18 on the intake side loosened with some presuation, but the damn shallow T55 torx on the exhaust side stripped.

I guess I'm panicking and I have 2 questions:

1. Can the timing be set well this way? It seems like with the VCT at full positive I could still get the crank pin + timing bar in the cams and be OK?

2. What would the best way to remove the bolt, if we HAVE TO remove it. I as thinking either weld a Hex 15mm on, or a screw extractor?

Sorry, we're just at a loss!


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Old 06-17-2013, 06:39 AM   #2
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if the bolts still tight leave it alone and set the timing using the bar/pin...once timing is set using the tools slip the belt on and you're good to go. no need to loosen the gears..
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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Can I just wiggle the intake cam like in the focal jet post (advance with VCR housing, retard at cam) when I set it to make sure the VCR is at positive dead stop?)
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I second the leave the bolt alone. I almost never loosen either cam when doing zetec timing. Just make sure that when you slip the belt on that all the slack is in the tensioner side. I'm pretty sure the vct should be where it needs to be without oil pressure applied to it. If you must take the bolt out try a extractor or weld a bolt onto it that has a regular 6 point head.
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