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So anyone ever do this before? I've never done mine yet or any timing belts before so anyone local do this? I don't want to screw anything up. As always, will have beer and pizza available [:D]. I'm planning on doing this Wednesday night, July 13th.
 

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I am doing mine in the morning. My tools just arrived from Massive. I have the write ups printed out and have looked at the "how to" threads. Wish me luck!!
 

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Good luck! lol
 

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Oooo, I might come up and help/watch. I've never done it before, but I've done my fair share of reading on the topic and will definitely be doing my own when the time comes.
 

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I'm going to do my fuel filter too. I might also do my PCV valve(when I find the location) and possibly TPS sensor and clean my TB. My car has been runnin like crap lately [:(].

Just hope I have enough time [:p]
 

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timing belt takes a lonnng time just so you know, especially the first time ever
 

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I'm going to do my fuel filter too. I might also do my PCV valve(when I find the location) and possibly TPS sensor and clean my TB. My car has been runnin like crap lately [:(].

Just hope I have enough time [:p]
I just did my PCV valve the other weekend (probably the first that car has seen...) But yeah, I'd figure the timing belt could take 4-5 hours if all you have is a bunch of noobs figuring it out along the way =P
 

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Yeah, set aside plenty of time for it. Make sure you have an actual repair manual, an online how to will almost certainly not provide enough detail for somebody doing this the first time. I used a Chiltons and it had plenty of detail. I wasted a lot of time trying to get the middle timing cover off not knowing how much you can raise and lower the engine once it's free of the motor-mount. When trying to find TDC compression stroke on #1 (on the timing belt side) I found it helpful to drop a long (clean) screwdriver into the spark plug hole so you can visually see where the piston is. This isn't necessary but it provides a nice visual reference.
 

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Ah, if I had lived closer I could help you do this. Sometimes it's easy as pie and other times it is a pain in the ass. While you are on that side of the motor you may as well replace some of the other parts there as well, mainly the water pump. I have changed a timing belt in as little as two hours all the way up to it being an 8 hour job. It all depends on who's doing all the work lol. Always get the timing belt kit also which includes the tensioner and idler pulley. When you get your kit you will notice two idler pulleys, one of them is for the Escort Zetec and the other is for the Focus Zetec. Be sure you use the right one for the Focus. My car only has 70,000 miles on it but I figured that since I had my motor out of the car I may as well replace everything on that side. What I replaced was the serpentine belt, serp belt tensioner, water pump, alternator, idler pulley, and a lot of other things while I was at it. Not all the parts are necessary to replace but if you know how a JRSC sits on the Zetec motor you would want to replace that alternator anyways lol. Also, you would want a jack under the motor to raise and lower the motor. You can either do it the ******* way of placing a wood block on the jack or actually get one that has a cradle on it. This is to support the motor under the oil pan and you don't do any damage to the oil pant. If you need any tips just let me know.
 

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Finished mine today....working on it alone is a pain cause sometimes you need three hands. I was able to adjust mine so the cam locking tool slid in with little effort. It took several attempts to get it right. Always rotate the motor several revs after each adjustment. Yes it is a pain to do it right. My other suggestion is to leave the car jacked up so when you start using the pin to locate TDC you have access to the pin. Just needs to be high enough to get under there. I did the timing belt kit and then decided to replace the serpentine belt, tensioner and idler pulley. Make sure you replace them before reinstalling the motor mount. Also, good luck with the water pump pulley bolts....needs small hands for that.
 

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It's not that bad, take your time and you will be fine. THe hardest part for me was understanding/locating TDC. Other than that it was a blast taking the car apart. You got plenty of people on here that will help out if need be, that's always awesome! :)

My car is still kinda idling kinda funny (sometimes randomly sounds like I got a wicked cam or something). I wonder if its the PCV, TPS sensor, or TB? Now you got me thinking! lol
 
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