Moved to Ford Focus Technical Chat, this is the correct forum for this discussion. Thanks for posting!
Huh, there is a rev-limiter on these engines, so you shouldn't be able to over-rev using the gas pedal. The only way I've seen these over-rev is from shifting into 2nd at 70+ mph.
What are your mods?
What is your mileage?
Do you have a compression tester?
Can you hear the fuel pump priming when you turn the key to ON?
Does the engine cranking sound faster than usual?
Since you have the valve cover off, did you crank the engine to TDC using a screwdriver to find TDC #1 and see if the cam position made sense?
Do you have the means to measure valve lash?
no mods just ported and polished intake.
milege about 85k.
dont have a comp tester but have access to one
i beleive fuel is pumping cause it smells strong
cranking sounds a bit faster but maybe normal
i havent tried to crank it over with the cover off yet
i might be able to measure valve lash but i might need someone to do it