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Unread 05-01-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question How to change the timing on 1997 & 1998 Ford escort

Simple question... How do you change the timing on a 1997 & 1998 Ford escort?

I have bought two repair manual books on these cars and there is no information related to timing & nothing on the web regarding it either. I wouldn't have a problem with buying a tool either mechanical or computer device. Yet again there is not any information regarding this issue.

Thank you in advance for any help given.

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I believe you have a coil pack on that engine.

My information tells me no adjustment is necessary.
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you have to purchase the timing cam gears to do it but it depends on which type if you have a dual cam motor then you need to also buy the holder tool for the camshafts a new timing belt tensioner and be careful b/c it's a interence motor which means to much advance and the head ruined.

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Doing cam timing then huh,

I've got some information I can post if you tell me which engine you have;

1.8 DOHC
1.9 SOHC
2.0 SOHC
2.0 DOHC
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post anything you have on a 2.0L dohc i'm constantly running into these. Thanks.

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It is a Split Port Induction 2000. So it must be a SOHC 2.0L

I unfortunately couldn't get more specific information off of the engine.



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Default Changing the timing belt on a 1997 > Ford Escort 2.0 DOHC

OK, this is right out of the book.


NOTE: A camshaft alignment timing tool (No. T94P-6256-CH or equivalent) and a crankshaft Top Dead Center (TDC) timing peg tool (No. T97P-6000-A or equivalent) are required for this procedure.

NOTE: Make sure the correct notch in the pulley is indexed to the lower cylinder block. Refer to the accompanying illustration.



1. Remove the spark plugs.
2. Rotate the crankshaft to TDC.
3. Locate and remove the plug bolt by the Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor (refer to the illustration) and install the TDC timing peg.



4. Raise the car and support it with safety stands.
5. Unfasten the splash shields bolts and remove the shield.
6. Lower the car and remove the water pump pulley.
7. Remove the valve cover and the timing belt covers.
8. Align the camshafts and install the camshaft alignment tool on the back of the camshafts as illustrated.



WARNING
If the camshaft belt is being reused, mark the direction of the camshaft belt to the rotation of the camshaft prior to removal, or premature wear and belt failure could occur.

9. Loosen the tensioner pulley bolt and relieve the tension on the belt by disconnecting the tensioner tab from the timing cover back plate.
10. Slide the belt off the sprockets.
11. Inspect the belt for wear and replace as necessary.



To install:
12. If, for any reason, the engine was disturbed, the camshafts moved or the sprockets replaced, perform the following procedure:

NOTE: Make sure the correct notch in the pulley is indexed to the lower cylinder block.

A. Position the crankshaft just prior to Top Dead Center (TDC).
B. If not already done, locate and remove the plug bolt by the Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor (refer to the illustration) and install the TDC timing peg.
C. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the TDC peg.

NOTE: Installation of the alignment tool into the exhaust camshaft may require the camshafts to be rotated clockwise.

D. Install the camshaft alignment tool on the back of the camshafts.
E. Install the timing belt and engage the timing belt tensioner tab into the upper timing cover backplate.

NOTE: A 3⁄8 inch drive, 10mm, 2 inch torque adapter offset is required to tighten the tensioner bolt.

F. Using a 6mm Allen wrench, adjust the tensioner until the index marks are aligned and tighten the bolt to 1720 ft. lbs. (2228 Nm).
G. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the TDC alignment peg, then remove the camshaft alignment tool.
H. Remove the TDC peg tool and install the plug bolt.
I. Install the timing and valve covers.
J. Install the water pump pulley and the splash shield.
K. Install the spark plugs.

If the engine or the camshaft were not disturbed in any way, or the sprockets were not removed, perform the following procedure:

13. Install the timing belt and engage the timing belt tensioner tab into the upper timing cover backplate.



NOTE: A 3⁄8 inch drive, 10mm, 2 inch torque adapter offset is required to tighten the tensioner bolt.

14. Using a 6mm Allen wrench, adjust the tensioner until the index marks are aligned and tighten the bolt to 1720 ft. lbs. (2228 Nm).
15. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the TDC alignment peg, then remove the camshaft alignment tool.




16. Remove the TDC peg tool and install the plug bolt.
17. Install the timing and valve covers.
18. Install the water pump pulley and the splash shield.
19. Install the spark plugs.

There you have it. I haven't done one of these, but it sounds pretty comon for this type of engine.
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I really do appreciate the help I can't wait to see the pictures. I really am happy for the info.


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Did I read your post right SOHC?

I posted for DOHC

The single cam is even easier. I'll get that one post ASAP
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Default Replacing a timing belt on a 2.0 SOHC Ford Escort engine 1996 >

2.0L Engine
SOHC ENGINE

1. Remove the drive belt and timing cover.
2. Raise the car and support it with safety stands.
3. Remove the right-hand splash shield and the crankshaft pulley.



4. Align the timing marks as illustrated in the accompanying illustration.
5. Refer to the accompanying illustration and remove the timing belt as follows:

A. Loosen the timing belt tensioner bolt (1).
B. Use an 8mm Allen wrench, and turn the tensioner (2) counterclockwise 1⁄4 turn.
C. Insert a 1⁄8 inch drill bit in the hole (3) to lock the belt tensioner in place.
D. Remove the timing belt (4).




E. Inspect the belt for damage and signs of oil leakage.

To install:

NOTE: Install the timing belt over the sprocket in a counterclockwise direction starting at the crankshaft. Keep the belt span between the crankshaft and camshaft tight when installing the belt over the camshaft.

6. Install the timing belt and remove the drill bit.
7. Tighten the tensioner bolt to 15–22 ft. lbs. (20–30 Nm).
8. Rotate the engine two complete revolutions and make sure the timing marks are aligned.
9. Install the timing belt cover and crankshaft pulley.
10. Install the right-hand splash shield and the drive belt.
11. Start the car and check for proper operation.

That's it.
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