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1998 mercury mystique 2.0 vct timing belt issue

Ok so my timing belt broke so im in the process of changing it only to find out that in order to do so the cam sprockets must be loosened to correctly set the exhaust timing cuz of the vct system well after trying a 650ft lb impact gun and a four foot breaker bar the exhaust bolt will not loosen. I was thinkin of heating it up but that would probly cause issues inside the vct clutch so im at wits end any ideas is there anyway to get the correct timing without loosening this bolt loading the spring or something PLEASE HELP!!

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SOURCE: don't understand vct on 99 zx2.

How many valves did you bend?

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SOURCE: in replacing a water pump in a 1997 ford coutour,

they dont have marks, we at the dealership use a special tool. you can make your own marks. if you reuse the timing belt make sure that you mark the direction, crank pully bolt you can get a chain wrench from auto zone that will wrap around the pulley and lock down to hold it. i have used this when an impact wasnt handy.

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SOURCE: dont know which bolt loosens the belt for

A 3/8" ratchet is needed to attached to the belt tensioner which will allow you to releive the tension to remove and to reinstall the belt. It will fit right inside the square 3/8" square hole on the tensioner

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