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I know of 2000 Focus 2.0 liter w/110k that the timing belt broke on and is for sale for cheap. I don't mind doing a belt and other minor things but are these truly non-interference engines? I'm not into rebuilding or swapping the engine/drive train. But a belt and tension, I'll get my hands dirty on if there is a high likelihood the belt is the primary problem. Can I crank the engine and tell by the sounds if there is more extensive damage? Check plugs? Other clues to look for ? Love to hear from others who have experience in this situation.
 

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the zetec (dohc) engine is a non interference. the spi (sohc) is. if it is the zetec, gofor it.
 

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Do not purchase an SPI. It could have a dropped valve seat instead of a bad timing belt, or in combination with a bad timing belt.

If it's a Zetec, then unless it's an SVT or has aftermarket cams installed- it should be ok. However there's no guarantee that it is screwed up, and no way to tell until you put a new belt on.
 
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