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I know there's multiple threads in regards to this subject and it can be highly debated, but I'm desperate and must open this can of worms.

After thinking I just had some random misfiring going on, I later found out that my timing belt had snapped (after the car wouldn't start so I could put it on the parking slab to work on it). However, I can't determine whether it's it's an interference engine or not.

2000 SE; 2.0L, DOHC

On the VIN my engine code is 3.

This is going to sound lame, but I don't know how to tell if it's a Zetec or not... it doesn't say "Zetec" on it like so many pictures I've seen, but it looks like one in every other aspect. I'm still learning! Also, I've heard the majority of people argue that Zetecs are non-interference (which would be amazing if I in fact have a Zetec).

I NEED HELP!!! :)
 

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I know there's multiple threads in regards to this subject and it can be highly debated, but I'm desperate and must open this can of worms.

After thinking I just had some random misfiring going on, I later found out that my timing belt had snapped (after the car wouldn't start so I could put it on the parking slab to work on it). However, I can't determine whether it's it's an interference engine or not.

2000 SE; 2.0L, DOHC

On the VIN my engine code is 3.

This is going to sound lame, but I don't know how to tell if it's a Zetec or not... it doesn't say "Zetec" on it like so many pictures I've seen, but it looks like one in every other aspect. I'm still learning! Also, I've heard the majority of people argue that Zetecs are non-interference (which would be amazing if I in fact have a Zetec).

I NEED HELP!!! :)
there is no argument, your engine is non-interference
 

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yes your engine is non interference but if your timing belt breaks it will still bend your valves because the valves will hit each other.
 

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3= zetec and it should say it on the valve cover.
p= SPI

zetec is non-interfernace
SPI people keep arguing but from what i got the escort spi is interference but the focus one is non interference.


post a pic of your engine bay and we can tell you what engine you got for sure.
 

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Surperb! So then changing out the timing belt could fix my problem?

What had happened was I was driving home from work one day and, lo and behold, misfires. I had no choice but to drive it 25 miles back home. Drove a few blocks down the road the next week to check the codes. Had a misfire in 2 & 3. Drove it home and parked it. Came back two weeks later to drive it from the alley to the parking slab to fiddle with it some more, it coughed once, then the engine wouldn't turn over. My dad stopped by the next day, we loaded it up on a flatbed to take it to a guy, and he saw the timing belt had snapped.

Since I have a non-interference engine, could there still be some damage associated with this scenario?


Edit: Thanks for the replies! With my situation, do you think the valves could have been bent then?
 

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yes your engine is non interference but if your timing belt breaks it will still bend your valves because the valves will hit each other.
[giggle]....[goofydrunk].........[facepalm]..........[confused]............[???:)] me no understando!...please explain?
 

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i think he ment there is still like a 1-2% chance you will damage valves, its possible but really unlikely.

and yes doing the timing belt, idler and tensioner will probably fix your problem.
 

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I know there's multiple threads in regards to this subject and it can be highly debated, but I'm desperate and must open this can of worms.

After thinking I just had some random misfiring going on, I later found out that my timing belt had snapped (after the car wouldn't start so I could put it on the parking slab to work on it). However, I can't determine whether it's it's an interference engine or not.

2000 SE; 2.0L, DOHC

On the VIN my engine code is 3.

This is going to sound lame, but I don't know how to tell if it's a Zetec or not... it doesn't say "Zetec" on it like so many pictures I've seen, but it looks like one in every other aspect. I'm still learning! Also, I've heard the majority of people argue that Zetecs are non-interference (which would be amazing if I in fact have a Zetec).

I NEED HELP!!! :)
rockauto has been wrong before but according to them the 2000 se came with the SPI.........this would have the (P) in the vin.........are you sure you have an SE and or a 2000?
 

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rockauto has been wrong before but according to them the 2000 se came with the SPI.........this would have the (P) in the vin.........are you sure you have an SE and or a 2000?
VIN is 1FAFP3437YW239197; there's a P in there alright...according to Ford Fleet my engine VIN code is 3. Doesn't the "engine VIN" have to be a P? Or does it matter?

Again, forgive my lack of knowledge :(
 

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If I get a chance to in the next few days I definitely will. Unfortunately, I'm at work in Lawrence, KS, my wife (whom I'm carpooling with) works in Topeka, I live in Ottawa, and the car is currently in Wellsville.

Hell, if it weren't for this miserable heatwave I could just ride my bike, ha.
 

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If I get a chance to in the next few days I definitely will. Unfortunately, I'm at work in Lawrence, KS, my wife (whom I'm carpooling with) works in Topeka, I live in Ottawa, and the car is currently in Wellsville.

Hell, if it weren't for this miserable heatwave I could just ride my bike, ha.
I had a carfax to burn so I ran your car(the carfax looked good!)........if you want a copy of it PM me and I will send it to you.........here is what the CF said 2000 FORD FOCUS SE/SE SPORT
VIN: 1FAFP3437YW239197
SEDAN 4 DR
2.0L L4 SFI DOHC
 

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You can disregard that P34 before the engine code, it's just a model identifier and Ford uses P for basically all their passenger cars and 34 indicating Focus sedan. Pretty safe bet it's a standard Zetec since 3 is your engine code.

You can probably relax about internal damage, my brothers car w/standard Zetec just went through basically the same thing and it's fine now with a new belt and re-timed. Shitty time for it to happen though, I wouldn't want to try to fix it in this heat.
 

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Yeah, no kidding :( Gotta do what I gotta do though. *sigh*

I have another n00b question. SPI and SVI are what now? :D

Edit: And Woodyg, thank you so much!
 
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