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Does it ruin engine if timing belt breaks on 2003 ford focus?

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    jimdaisy16 Apr 22, 2013

    had it towed today .thanks for the answer.will post when i find out for sure..

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I do not believe it is an interference engine. I think there is enough room for the pistons to clear the valves. A call to your local parts store tomorrow will tell you for sure.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013

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SOURCE: setting timing belt 2.0 split port focus engine

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Posted on Jul 19, 2010

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SOURCE: Focus timing belt replacement.

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.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009

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SOURCE: How do you change aa timing belt on a 2003 Ford

ford focus zetec engine 1.6 ,then its quite easy to do but one word of caution ??BIG TIME and the the bottom pulley is not on a keyway just a slight taper so do not undo the bottom pulley bolt by jamming a big bar with socket on and turning the starter motor ,as the bolt loosens the timing belt pulley moves and the valves hit the pistons .jam the flywheel up with a small jemmy bar in the flywheel teeth by removing the starter motor,trust me on this i smashed two pistons and 6 valves undoing the pulley bolt with the starter motor

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

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SOURCE: timing belt broke -2000 ford focus zx3

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.
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Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 2000 ford focus 2.0 zetec dual overhead

all Zetec engines (2.0 DOHC) are NOT interference engines. There are deep reliefs cut into the top of the piston to clear the valves when they are fully extended. There will be no valve damage if the timing belt breaks on a Zetec engine.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009

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