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Old 03-13-2019, 07:36 PM   #11
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I was told by everyone that could look up specs that it was interference, just better to treat it as such anyway, if it does go south in motion no worries I guess
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:39 PM   #12
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Addendum, everywhere I look says all zetec 2.0 are interference
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:51 AM   #13
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Had a zx3 5 speed, the zetec is interference, has a timing belt, it's not hard to change just don't let the cam/crank move and Mark them before you pull belt off, only issue I had was the thermostat housing on the driver side, it's fiber/plastic and would/will crack, change coil, plug and plug wires and it's smooth sailing from there.

As long as the clutch is good it will run like a stabbed rat!! Loved that car, it's the sole reason I went up to the mk3 '12 SEL
Sunday it is mine. All the things wrong with mine I no longer care.
Bad left front wheel bearing , bad water pump , shot brakes , paint going bad. Mismatched tires right front has slow leak nobody can find.
Time to move on to a 5-speed ZX3 !

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Old 03-14-2019, 04:55 AM   #14
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I was told by everyone that could look up specs that it was interference, just better to treat it as such anyway, if it does go south in motion no worries I guess
True...I will have the belt done not long after I get it.

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Old 03-14-2019, 06:21 AM   #15
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Zx3 things to look at in general

timing belt - it's cheap and semi easy for the intermediate mechanic

thermostat housing - it's plastic, it's crap, it gets hot and cracks, replace it with the metal version from the svt zetec, I don't remember the price but it's right on top, super easy to replace

Seafoam - clean that sob out and it will be your best friend

Driver door latch button - it's the button that is inside the car side latch that tells the car the door is closed, you take a turn and the car goes ding, not terribly important, just annoying

Passenger side motor mount - just like every other focus, it's hydraulic, it goes bad, then rides like shit

Coil pack - 15 yrs old it may need to be replaced soon

Other than that it's an outstanding car
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:01 PM   #16
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Zx3 things to look at in general

timing belt - it's cheap and semi easy for the intermediate mechanic

thermostat housing - it's plastic, it's crap, it gets hot and cracks, replace it with the metal version from the svt zetec, I don't remember the price but it's right on top, super easy to replace

Seafoam - clean that sob out and it will be your best friend

Driver door latch button - it's the button that is inside the car side latch that tells the car the door is closed, you take a turn and the car goes ding, not terribly important, just annoying

Passenger side motor mount - just like every other focus, it's hydraulic, it goes bad, then rides like shit

Coil pack - 15 yrs old it may need to be replaced soon

Other than that it's an outstanding car
OK have until Sunday to decide My car has pressure in cooling system and coolant not low.
Temp gauge started going up until heater on.
Question...Though pump has slow leak , why is temp. going up ? Is it more complicated , like my one year old CHT going bad ? NAPA PART.
Head gasket ? Car runs strong and compression check all 4 cylinders great.
What gives ? Also , left front wheel bearing noisier.. does anyone sell a hub with bearing already pressed in ? I could then do it myself.

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Old 03-14-2019, 01:08 PM   #17
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Had a zx3 5 speed, the zetec is interference, has a timing belt, it's not hard to change just don't let the cam/crank move and Mark them before you pull belt off, only issue I had was the thermostat housing on the driver side, it's fiber/plastic and would/will crack, change coil, plug and plug wires and it's smooth sailing from there.

As long as the clutch is good it will run like a stabbed rat!! Loved that car, it's the sole reason I went up to the mk3 '12 SEL
Stabbed rat Good one. My mechanic friend says "scared rabbit"

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