Question about 2002 Ford Escort
How to set crankshaft/ cam timing
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Firstly if the belt went you probably have bent valves. However if you want to assemble and see remove cam belt covers,remove crank pulley (could be tricky if you don't have an air tool ) remove tappet cover ( you may have to remove the throttle body to do this) Get some flat bar approx. 6mm thick and 400 to 500 mm long. You will see that on the gearbox side of the cams there are slots in the end. Remove the plugs and put a screw driver ( long ) down the hole, any one, and turn the crank untill the piston is roughly half way down the bore. Turn the cams until the plate will sit on the head and slot into the cams thus locking them. The slots are offset so you will have to play around until the plate slides in easy. Then loosen the cam gears untill you can spin them by hand, but not so loose that they are falling off. Put your long screwdriver or preferably a dial guage with extensions into no 1 plug hole turn the engine untill the piston is right at the top. Loosen the tensioner and push it back against the spring and lock it fit the new belt right to left then let the tensioner go. Check play on longest side of belt it should move about 6mm. lock the tensioner. Tighten the cam pulleys and remove plate. turn the engine one full turn clockwise and check belt tension- adjust if neccessary. turn one full turn again and make sue plate slides in when no. 1 piston is on top. Then do a compression test to see if you have bent valves. If the compression test is ok. reassemble and drive away. If not (the exhaust valves are normally bent) you are half way to taking the head off. In which case contact me and I will walk you through it. Good luck Shaun
Posted on Jun 10, 2008
Remove the two bolts, the timing chain tensioner and tensioner arm.
NOTE: LH shown; RH similar.
Remove the bolts and the timing chain guides.
CAUTION: Do not compress the ratchet assembly. This will damage the ratchet assembly.
Compress the tensioner plunger, using an edge of a vise.
If the copper links are not visible, mark two links on one end and one link on the other end, and use as timing marks.
If removed, install LH and RH crankshaft sprockets.
Position the tensioner arms and tensioners, and install the bolts.
Posted on Apr 07, 2010
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