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Broken exhaust camshaft

Dealer svc ctr says exhaust cam is broken and they cannot locate new or used part.Any ideas?

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Your Dealer may not be as good at looking up Parts as the next guy. It is possible that all new parts for your older Contour have been depleted.
Try looking on the Internet using your Part#. Try engine rebuilders and asking for their Camshaft supplier. A good Salvage connection is Car-parts.com.
Many engines are in "sister" vehicles. If you don't know the sister cars, the way the Ford Parts numbering system is made, you will not be able to identify a compatible part.
In any event, a competent repair facility will need to match the bearings and Camshaft for replacement and possibly the lifters.
It could be, that for Franchise reasons, a Ford Dealer will not install Brand X or used parts. It is a question that may need to be asked and the Dealer may be caught in the middle.
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Check the coolant reservoir tank and fill if needed. Most modern cars have a plastic reservoir of coolant connected to the top of the radiator. This will allow you to see if your coolant is low. Many have marks indicating the proper level of coolant when the engine is hot. Check to see if the coolant is at that level.
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