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Ford Mondeo Zetec mk2 Camshaft Problem

2001 Ford Mondeo 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 168000 miles

Hi Folks,

I live in the UK and drive a 2001, Ford Mondeo Zetec 2000cc mk2

Suddenly heard a loud-ish ticking/knocking noise from up around the camshaft area, left hand side next to belts that would occur in bursts of 3 or 4 clicks at a time with every turn of the engine.

My friend told me a few days later it was the oil not getting enough pressure to feed all the cams and suggested i rev it hard to try and solve the problem and, after doing this, the noise disappeared, permanently.

However, i must have damaged the camshaft/follower by using the car for a few days with the problem occurring as i now lose a lot of mph when going up a hill and the acceleration in the lower rev range is not nearly as good as it was...have also noticed the torque kicks in around normal if i rev it by 4000rpm.

What do i have to do to repair the top end/cam follower?

Thanks for your time,


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  • stuu57 Mar 08, 2009

    Hi Stevieger,

    thanks for the quick reply.

    It`s not misfiring in any ticks over as normal, but lacks power on acceleration. Also, found it doesn`t start from cold on first turn anymore - got to put pedal to the floor for quite a few seconds to get it to catch...this only started to happen after part of the cam was running dry of oil.

    I read the "lifters" (whatever they are) get damaged if the oil is blocked to them and often happens with mondeos. I`m not sure if my 2001, 2000cc mk2 zetec petrol /gas has lifters.





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Is ur car misfiring at idle by any chance?

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

  • stevieger Mar 11, 2009

    sorry for taken long to reply again your car is fitted with hydraulic tappets i suppose you could call them lifters not convinced that these are problem but couldn't comment just wondering if your timing belt has been changed recently because if timing is out by 1 tooth it will idle ok or maybe timing belt has jumped a tooth again without seeing car its hard to tell.



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