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1998 ford escort 1.6 16v Zetec engine running rough and missing (UK Car)

Just had top and bottom off the engine to replece the piston rings, car now fires up first time, rattles, runs rough on the pick up and after a while the oil light comes on but there is plenty of oil in it. any ideas, could it be oil pump on way out as the cars owner told me it was doin this before the rings went.

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You have answered your own question ,also a regrind of crank wouldnt go far amiss

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Does this car have an interference motor?


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The first Zetec engine appeared in 1992, powering the fourth generation of the European Ford Escort and Orion. It was codenamed as the "Zeta" engine before Italian car maker Lancia threatened to sue Ford for trademark infringement as it already owned the name. Ford hurriedly renamed the engine "Zetec".

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