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    I have a 2000 ford focus zx3 2.0 zetec Need to do a timing belt,looking for a how to. Specifically looking for timing marks/pins and any thing else needed to do this,tricks,tips,or other parts that should be replaced while in there. Heard of tsb's about changing tensioner and pulleys inside timing cover. Anyone know anything about it.
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    yeha it is pretty simple if you are mechanically inclined if not u may want to check out some ford dealers...well, if you are get yourself a timing pin and camshaft lock bar...u can get it from some ford sites..i bought mine as a set

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    sorry got kicked off....anyway, i think momentum motorsports or ebay....well also matters if you a have a udp ...u 1st have to align your cams with the bar that goes on the driver side of teh notches on the cams...that will determine if your at tdc........cause the bar will only fit only at tdc and then once u did that u simply start taking apart your t-belt cover , mounts, etc you should replace your idler pulley and the t-belt tensioner

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    Buy a haynes manual. Best 15 bucks you'll ever spend if you're interested in learning how to do things yourself. It's a decent size project but not too hard to learn if you're so inclined. Chiltons book is pretty good too, but I always seem to go back to the haynes if any questions come up. I'm on my 4th haynes book for the focus. haha. Buy em at any autoparts store and read up before you crack into any project

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    Thats money i would gladly pay somebody to do if i could afford it. Ford charged me $400 to replace my alternator, wonder what the price tag would be changing a timing belt????
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    !!!!! $400! omg it's an hour job 1.5 tops
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    I'm probably going to have it done at a dealer. I was quoted $400. I mentioned getting the water pump replaced too. That made it just under $500. I would do this myself, but I'm a bit paranoid at messing up the timing. At the same time, I wonder if some careless tech is more likely to screw it up. Anyway, any thoughts on whether this is a good price quote. Also, do I really need a new tensioner and pulley too (more so than the water pump)???

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    It's really not that hard to do. If it's your first time, it will be a real good learning experience.

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    Buy the haynes manual whether you choose to do it or not. You can sit and read it front to back pretty easily and when you need info it's all in there. If you can turn a wrench and have a decent set of tools, reading up on the process should tell you whether you want to tackle it yourself or not. No shame in not wanting to get into it, almost every day I wish i didn't know how to do all this stuff. haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.squatch
    Buy a haynes manual. Best 15 bucks you'll ever spend if you're interested in learning how to do things yourself. It's a decent size project but not too hard to learn if you're so inclined. Chiltons book is pretty good too, but I always seem to go back to the haynes if any questions come up. I'm on my 4th haynes book for the focus. haha. Buy em at any autoparts store and read up before you crack into any project

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    yeah son listen to this piece of advice right here.

    there were a lot of things I was unsure of when removing my intake manifold and everything else I've done to the car, this manual explains it so freakin well.

    the timing belt shouldn't be that hard to do if you have the right tools (TDC pin/cam alignment tool, cam gear tool) its just a few hours of work because you have to take off the drive belt and take off some pullies to get to the timing belt.

    if you dont have those tools, you need to be 450,000% sure that you dont rotate those cams 1 little bit because stock cam gears are not adjustable so you will have to spend a few more hours trying to figure out your timing once more..

    and yes, $400 is NUTS. the belt costs you about $35 from Steve, and maybe 1.5 hours work. so $125 Canadian for labour.

    if your going to pay $400, bring it over here and I will do it for $300

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    OK, I'll reread my Haynes manual. I could buy quite a few toys with that. So where's the best place to get the timing belt kit, belt, and pump, pulley, and tensioner?
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    I did it without the special tools. I made my own cam alignment tool with a few strips of metal I had hanging about. Just make sure it inserts into both slots and stays there - mine was niece and tight.

    And I used a piece of wood dowel in the spark plug hole on cylinder #1 to be sure I had TDC.

    It's all explained in the Haynes manual. Simple really.

    Mind you I had the engine on the bench at the time - maybe that's why is was so easy!

    Good luck.

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    haha yeah thats probably why it was so easy, no bending over


 

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