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Old 04-08-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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Timing Belt Tool??

Hi all,

I was out shopping at the parts store today and saw a dual overhead cam gear holder, and was wondering if this would work with our cars if i was to lock both gears together and slip the timing belt on and a new one on?? Or are the 2 special ford tools needed? My car has 122000kms on it and i think based on that it is due. What all should I change while doing this?

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Here's the factory procedure:
http://atomic.speculation.org/Graphics/ZX3%20Pics/Focus%20Documentation/Ford%20Manual%20Files/Cam%20Timing.html

You do need to hold the cams in place, but IIRC, not the gears.
The intake cam gear needs to rotate separately to properly set up the VCT.
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why do you have to remove the valve cover and camshaft pulleys to replace the timing belt?
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You have to remove the valve cover to be able to hold the cams in place when setting the timing.

You don't have to remove the pulleys (cam gears).
It only says "Loosen the camshaft pulley retaining bolts".
^^^Nothing about removing them.
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still dont understand why you need to loosen the bolts. when you set it to TDC wouldnt the cams be at the correct time? guess im used to doing lexus timing belts where you dont touch the cam gears, unless its the V6.
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I agree with ScreaminSVT i figured that if i just wanted to replace the belt and tensioner i could slip off the old one and hold the cam gears with this tool, and slip a new belt on after replacing the tensioner. I don't think i wanna replace the cam seals?
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Keep in mind that you have VCT on this engine and if things are not right you will have MAJOR issues get it back with you wont get codes , you need to do the install step by step or you could have issues

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