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I changed the lifters and rocker arms in my 91 Ford Escort 1.9L. After changing them, I took the car out for a spin and had no problem, just a small tick so I fixed that. When installing the lifters, I rotated the cam so the lifters would "bottom out" on the bottom circle of the cam. I rotated the cam with a breaker bar never removing the timing belt and in a clockwise direction. After I got all correct, I took it out again and now it will cut out and it is missing terribly! It won't go over 37 mph without dying when I step on the gas and acceleration is slow going. What is my problem?

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Check the timing marks a be sure that when you turned the camshaft you do not advertently cause a belt problem. You should never rotate the engine or camshaft by the camshaft bolt when the timing belt is engaged, the lower drive pulley is smaller than the cam pulley so it become very easy to put a large torque load on the lower pulley by turning the upper one with the belt on, chances are you may have popped the belt a tooth, and the engine is no longer in time, if timing is not correct inspect the full length of the belt and replce if neccessary. Hope this helps, let me know.

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