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The timing belt broke on my 2001 ford focus 2.0 z engine how do I fix it

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If you are technically minded, this job should take you about an hour or so, provided that you have the right tools for the job. The first thing to do is to expose the old timing belt by removing the plastic cover running down the full length of your engine from the top cover( where you fill up the oil) to the bottom, near the floor. To do this you may have to remove all the drive belts such as the alternator, power steering and air conditioner belts.
Next, place the car in 1st gear and ask some one to apply pressure to the brake pedal. this is to prevent the engine from turning whilst you loosen the bottom crankshaft pulley bolt, so as to gain access to the timing belt. This bolt might be VERY tight, in which case you need to stop the crank shaft from turning by holding the ring gear on the opposite side of the engine. To get to this you must first disconnect your battery and then remove the starter motor. You now need something like a large screw driver or tyre lever to place between the engine and the flywheel teeth to prevent the crankshaft from turning. Once you have loosened the front crank pulley bolt, you should remove the top engine cover to expose the cam shaft.
You now have to set timing, To do this safely, first remove all the spark plugs so that you can see when number one piston comes up to the top of it's stroke, Now remove the distributor cap and work out where the rotor is pointing and which spark plug is the next in sequence to get spark. remember the MOST engines rotate clockwise, when looking from the cam belt side towards the flywheel. to ensure that the valves do not ouch the piston when you turn the engine, turn the engine at the front crankshaft pulley slowly until the closest piston ( number one) is at the top of it's stroke. You can confirm this by looking for a mark on the front crankshaft pulley which should now correspond with a mark on the front engine cover. If there are a few marks on the cover, look for a zero (o) or TDC mark. Align the pulley mark and the front cover mark, Now turn the camshaft until number one spark plug will receive spark. Now take a close look at the camshaft pulley. There should be a mark of some sort to indicate that the camshaft is also corresponding to TDC.
You can now remove the front timing belt covers and remove the old belt. Now remember that the engine rotates clockwise, so therefore, there will be a tight side and a loose side to your cam belt. On the loose side there should be some sort of tensioning device. This must be locked out of the way to allow you to fit the new belt.Double check that your timing marks are correct and then place the new belt over the toothed pulleys with the tight side on the right, and any slack or free play on the left. Once the belt is in place, release the tensioner. Double check that the timing marks are still correct.
Replace the front covers and the top cover.
Replace the front crankshaft pulley and tighten. A few drops of locktite thread lock should be applied to the bolt before tightening. This bolt should be torqued to a factory setting of about 140 Nm.
It is a high tension bolt so do not be scared to make it as tight as you can. Replace all the belts, distributor cap and spark plugs and the job is done. Before starting the engine, turn the crankshaft by hand at least two revolutions to ensure that all is well.

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SOURCE: timing belt diagram for 2001 ford escort zx2 dohc

cam shaft timing marks on back of cams ,two slots ,use a flat piece of metal to align .remove no1 spark plug and drop long thin screwdriver down it to bring piston just below tdc,then align cams so both cams are on the rock (valves closed) with knob on back cam aligning with pick up sensor left side between lobes.then bring piston up to tdc and fit belt.turn engine over twice with socket on bottom pulley to make sure no valves clear pistons.Remember to remove flat edge from back of cams i didnt last time and bent my home made tool

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Hello mawbea: My name is Roger I will answer your question. You did not say which engine is in your car. So if you have a 2.0 SOHC engine. If the belt broke you should be Ok. If you have the 2.0 DOHC engine. The likely hood of bending the valves are just about a guarantee. How ever with any engine using a timing belt it is possible to bend a valve.Should you need more help please just ask.
Please rate the quality of your answer as this way we know you received helpful information.Thank You for using Fix Ya, Roger

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This is a very very easy timing belt setup. first off you have to remove the valve cover. Then you have to remove the serp belt. Then remove anything thats in your way of the front cover. after you remove the crank pulley re-install the crank bolt. DO NOT LOSEN THE BOLT FOR THE TENSIONER!!!! now spin the crankshaft until the sproket aligns with the timing mark. now at this point the two camshafts should be aligned. now there is a special tool from ford that holds the cam shafts in place. all it is is a 1/4" peice of metal that goes on the left side of the cam shafts to hold them into place. if you mark the cams you wont need the tool. or if you can find something to fit in the left side of the cams that will work too. anyways after that its just the same steps in reverse. very easy to do.

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