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2000 Ford Escort zx2 runs rough and stalls in reverse

History: My timing belt snapped, I determined it was a non-interference engine, and i was right. had it replaced and the car worked. It was running rough (rougher than usual) for a few weeks, i noticed the check engine light was on. got it read: either the timing was off or the cam shaft position sensor was bad. I have now replaced sensor and for the past several weeks the light has not come back on. It idles very rough (shakes the whole car) unless i shift into neutral, when starting the car and putting it in reverse it will stall unless i hit the gas immediately. Anybody have any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated.

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The Ford Escort ZX2, the 2.0 liter is a interference engine,The valve and the piston kissed each other as they met with a broken timing belt,Just to let you know a cam position sensor does not create rough idle, it can stall the engine at a stop sign,but the solution is a valve job, and who ever put the timing belt on after the job should have done a cylinder effeciency test.

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    I know this is old but someone else read this. The Zetec in the ZX2 IS NOT INTERFERENCE. This has been proven time and again. All the tech manuals list it as such because they were too lazy to update it since the SPI engine in the Escort is interference. The problem here is that the person that did the timing did not follow the TSB put out by Ford to reset the VCT gear. There is a how-to on Team ZX2 that shows how to do this.

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Does this car have an interference motor?


ford escort/ focus engine 2.0 l spi sohc 1997-2004 has been identified as an intereference engine and that means very likely valve to piston damage
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