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When replacing the timing belt on a 2.0 ZETEC engine, the Ford service manual says to use an alignment tool for the cams. It is basically a flat piece of metal, and a screw in type pin. Are these really needed, or is it one of those tools you can do without by eyeballing or measuring? My 02 ZX5 has 82,000 on it and I want to replace the belt before it breaks. On my old 93 Escort GT 1.8 DOHC, all I had to do is align the marks on the cams.
 

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I'd use the tool slipping a timing belt over 2 cam gears, tensioner, waterpump and the crank isn't fun while trying to keep everything aligned.. and if your under the hood changing the belt I highly recommend changing the waterpump/tensioner while your in there even if it doesn't leak :D preventive maintanance
 

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Thanks.....I'm all for preventitive maint. After all, thats why I'm doing the belt now instead of when it breaks on a cold winters night. I already did the serp belt even though it looked fine....it was the original Ford one at 82,000 miles. I'll see how the pump and tensioner look while I'm in there.....I know tensioners like to freeze, and on my 1.8 dohc Escort, the water pump started leaking at 135,000 miles.
 
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