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Engine siezed escort

1.4 escort s.reg engine siezed its not cam belt oil s ok can not work out why

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  • andrewwether Jan 10, 2009

    i am in the uk . it was running like a dream swiched it off end of engine no loss of oil or water gam belt ok

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Ford Escorts don't use a 1.4L (1.8, 1.9L) in the US, what kind of car is this? in any event is there a hole in the pan? maybe the trans locked up, that happens.



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Maybe a con rod how did this happen

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I'm trying to install a new timing belt for my 1999 ford escort zx2 with a vct motor. I aligned the camshafts, did a full rotation and they came out of alignment. How do you align the camshafts with the...

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Were can i find a diagram for the timing to fix my 1994 ford escort

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