98 ford contour 2L

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Old 01-25-03, 08:29 AM
harleychic
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Unhappy 98 ford contour 2L

I wonder if anyone can help me out? My 1998 ford contour2.0 Liter engine died yesterday . After towing it home I did a compression check on 3 of the 4 cylinders and found no compression! (no water in the oil and no oil in the water)I checked it because it didn't sound like it had compression since the engine had a real fast sound to it when we tried to turn it over. A mechanic seems to think the cams timing belt has jumped timing (the belt is not broken but, is quite loose no teeth seem to be missing ) I cant figure out how to adjust the tensioner or how to time the cams as there dosen,t seem to be any timing marks any where. Also is this engine an interferanced engine or un-interferanced? (I just learned about that yesterday) I guess this has to do with valves hitting the pistons or not. What are the chances of there being a bent valve? Any help is realy appreciated
 
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Old 01-25-03, 01:43 PM
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According to Gates' Rubber's manual, that engine is NOT an interference (valve-bender) engine, so you shouldn't have to worry about the valves.

With the symtoms you describe, you have either a broken timing belt or something else broken in the timing belt system such as a tensioner. Only way to find out - open it up. Likely it IS the belt.

Go to http://www.cybrrpartspro.com/Manual%...delLookup.html to find the procedures.
 
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