Question about 1999 Mercury Cougar
First of all you say timing belt so i assume its a 2.0 litre. well you have to pull valve cover and install a special tool in back of both cams to lock them from moving,they are specified and offset so only one way the alignment tool is inserted in back of cams,looks like a metal ruler. you also have to install a blank plug to stop the crank at tdc,it hits counterweight and stops crank from rotating,also the key will be at 12oclock and a notch on balancer lined up on oilpan and 1 and 4 piston will be tdc. you will need the special tools or will may be a tooth off and thats bad to do it twice,also replaced tensioner when you do belt.
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
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