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EricFromCT, Ford Technician
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Experience:  20 years dealership exp., ASE A1-A9 L1 L2, Ford Lincoln Mercury Senior Master, Diesel Certified
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I replaced the timing belt on my Zetec 2.0 DOHC, I did use

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I replaced the timing belt on my Zetec 2.0 DOHC, I did use the special tools and everything is set but it still wont start. it does not turn over hard but pops or backfires almost as if the plug wires are crossed or it is still way out of time. The wires are on correctly and I am now at a loss, what should be my next move?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Hi. Why did you replace the timing belt? maintenance, or did it break while driving?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I had to replace the valve cover gasket and when I did I saw some cracks in it, it was going to break soon and was trying to be proactive.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Sorry I am not set up for phone calls. Since the vehicle ran before I would have to suspect that the timing is NOT on and that you are going to have to recheck it. did you take the belt off and then install the cam holding tools, or turn the engine until you could install the cam holding tool with the belt on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Took the belt off to put the cam holding tool in
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
With the cam holding tool in place I am at top on the power stroke
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

The cam tool only goes one way. So those have to be correct. You probably have the crank shaft 180 degrees out.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

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