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How do I set the Cam timing on a 2000 escort 2.0 Zetec

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How do I set the Cam timing on a 2000 escort 2.0 Zetec
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  lostrider replied 8 years ago.

HiCustomerthis is lostrider, there are special tools required to replace the timing belt, if there is an Auto Zone near you they may have them in the loan a tool program, hope this helps.

  1. Remove the timing belt covers.
  2. Remove the catalytic converter.
  3. NOTE: Cylinder No. 1 is at top dead center (TDC) when the keyway is in the 12 o'clock position.

    Position cylinder No. 1 just prior to TDC.
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  5. Remove the stud bolt.
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  7. Install the crankshaft TDC timing peg.
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  9. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the timing peg.
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  11. CAUTION: If the camshaft timing belt is to be reused, mark the direction of the camshaft timing belt to the rotation of the camshaft prior to removal, or premature wear or failure may occur.

    Relieve the tension on the timing belt tensioner pulley.
    • Loosen the tensioner pulley bolt.
    • Release the tension on the timing belt by disconnecting the tensioner tab from the timing cover back plate.
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  13. Remove the timing belt.
    • Slide the timing belt off the camshaft sprockets and the crankshaft sprocket.
  14. Inspect the timing belt for wear. Install a new timing belt as required.
  15. CAUTION: The camshaft must be held stationary at the hexagons with locking pliers. Do not use the alignment tool to hold the camshaft in position or damage to the camshaft may occur.

    NOTE: To loosen the camshaft pulleys, hold the camshafts by the hexagon.

    Loosen the camshaft pulleys.
    1. Remove the blanking plug from the exhaust camshaft pulley.
    1. Loosen the exhaust camshaft pulley bolt.
    1. Loosen the intake camshaft pulley bolt.
  1. NOTE: Rotate the camshafts clockwise as necessary.

    Install the camshaft alignment timing tool on the back of the camshafts.
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  2. NOTE: Cylinder No. 1 is at top dead center (TDC) when the keyway is in the 12 o'clock position.

    Confirm the crankshaft position is at TDC (No. 1 cylinder) by rotating it clockwise against the alignment peg.

CAUTION: Do not rotate the crankshaft; as necessary check that it is still resting against the timing pin.


Timing Drive Components - Timing Belt

Special Tool(s)
graphicCrankshaft TDC Timing Peg
303-574 (T97P-6000-A)
graphicCamshaft Alignment Timing Tool
303-465 (T94P-6256-CH)




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