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My car wont start & it has a P1381 code. I changed the belt & pulleys. It still wont start.

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  • Michael Howell Dec 04, 2012

    y car is a Ford Escort ZX2

  • Michael Howell Dec 04, 2012

    My car is a an early '99 ZX2 2.0 DOHC. It has some kind of a hydrolic pulley on the exhaust cam

  • Thomas Perkins
    Thomas Perkins Dec 04, 2012

    You need a new timing belt and the timing set to the marks,your belt may be missing teeth.

  • Thomas Perkins
    Thomas Perkins Dec 04, 2012

    vct solenoid which is mounted on the exhaust camshaft, and provides a variable timing component to the pcm to fine tune the power b and of the 2.0L engine. When the solenoid goes bad it does not rotate when it should and that is why you are getting not only the check engine light , but the noise as well. Replace the vct solenoid and the problem will be fixed, also change the oil and filter, as small metal particles that are commonly found in the oil can cause premature solenoid failure Read more: 99 ford escort ZX2: 000 miles..fault codes..the sensor - JustAnswer

  • Michael Howell Dec 05, 2012

    I removed the VCT solenoid that was supposed to be bad, but when we put 3, 4.5 and 6 volts to it, it seems to be working fine. Help!



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Need to know,year,make,model and engine size to find causes.

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  • Michael Howell Dec 04, 2012

    My car is an early '99 ZX2 w/a 2.0 DOHC maybe zetec. It has a hydrolic pulley on the exhaust cam.

  • Michael Howell Dec 04, 2012

    How do I get the vct solenoid out. I tried to unscrew it but it didn't come out.



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