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2.0 ford engine has new timing belt idles rough but can run smooth while driving has a very foul odor coming from exhaust and has severe blow back when you remove oil filler cap

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Sounds like your off timing. Make sure that your timing gears are set on the marks properly. The foul odor your smelling may be because your car is running rich.

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