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I have a 2000 ford contour with a 2.0 vct engine.i was wondering when i took off the cap where you put oil into the valve cover noise comes out it sounds like exhaust i was wondering if thats normal that noise comes out of their

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Hi!!

This happens when the piston rings/valves are worn and the compression is reversed. This means the engine is messed up and pretty soon it will give up. You will be faced with two choices, to pay for an overhaul or to install a used engine. I will go for the second choice. But before you decide, I suggest to take the vehicle to an auto mechanic for confirmation.

Good Luck!!

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- Wiring problems (harness/wiring) in intake timing control valve control solenoid system

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- Failed timing valve control solenoid (stuck open)



On Ford, the VCT solenoid is located at top of cylinder head underneath the valve cover and goes around one camshaft. You will need to remove the valve cover, the timing cover, then remove the timing belt, the camshaft sprockets, and finally the camshafts to remove the vct solenoid as it goes around the camshaft. You can use 2001-2003 models with same engine.



VCT or Variable Cam Timing solenoid is a device used in modern engines to change camshaft position timing in relevance to engine speed and engine timing allowing the engine to produce more horsepower without adding excessive overlap to the camshaft design.


The way the VCT Solenoid works is as follows:
The VCT solenoid works with oil pressure, it receives a signal from the ECM when the camshaft needs to be rotated either in the advanced mode or ******** mode depending on engine load and speed.The VCT solenoid is able to accomplish that by altering the oil flow in the passages that lead to the cam phaser(s), there are passages to advance the valve timing ( open the valves earlier), and passages that direct the oil to ****** the valve timing ( open them later)

The purpose of the VCT or Variable Cam Timing system is to allow the engine to move larger volumes of air in and out of the cylinders to generate maximum horsepower.
Vehicles with DOHC ( Dual Overhead Cam ) engines usually have two VCT solenoids mounted in each cylinder head, one for each camshaft, allowing the Engine Control Computer to activate each VCT timing mechanism in each Camshaft separately.
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