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Ford Focus 2001 Z Tech

I replaced the timing belt. Set TDC by using dowel on #1 cylinder closest to the timing belt. If my setting is off. Could i have damaged the valves. Ford dealer said yes. my understanding this engine was non interfarence.
Any comments. Thanks  Vili

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  • desertfox52 Mar 05, 2009

    Ford Focus 2001. Thanks for the info. I have been told by machenics
    That is a non interference engine. But the Ford service expert said that the valves can be damaged if timing not set properly!

    After starting car runs smooth but idle is at 2200 rpm if i press on gas to kick it sown it keeps going up to 3000RPM. No fault engine light

    Thanks Vili


  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    dealer is right

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All Ford belt driven engines with the exception of the Mercury Villager (because it is really a Nissan) are non interference engines.
You will have a hard time getting it in time or to run correctly unless you use the special tools to set it though.

here are the tools,you may be able to rent them from one of the parts stores like NAPA or O'Reillys
http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/PDocs/otc6486Instructions.pdf

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    Chuck Martin Mar 05, 2009

    As I stated previously it is a non interference engine.Can valves hit piston, normally no,if you have changed cams and put a higher lift cam or have excessive carbon build up on top of pistons then maybe.

    It is a tricky set up and I strongly suggest you use the special tools are you will expierence the concerns you are describing.

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It is not an interference motor. You shouldn't have damaged anything. I have done lots of these timing belts, what seems to be the problem with you car? Does it run rough or surge?

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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    Clint Smock Mar 05, 2009

    It would help if you could hook a scanner to it to check your Idle speed control percentage. But if all you did was change the belt, I would double check the cam timing. Also you could try unplugging the ISC valve and see if the engine slows down or dies.

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Yes, it is a interference engine. If you used the wrong procedure to align components before installing the timing belt, sometimes you can redo the correct procedure and fixed it. Good luck.

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