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Bell-housing to Engine Block Spacer Plates

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by JRTobbe, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. JRTobbe

    JRTobbe New Member

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    Hi,
    I pulled the motor from my 2000 Escort ZX2 S/R last weekend.
    2.0 DOHC, Manual Trans

    In the process, we bent up 2 spacer plates between the bell-housing and motor when we pried them apart.
    These were sheetmetal plates with holes for the main bell- housing mounting bolts.

    I can't find any information on these plates/ gaskets for ordering.

    Are these OEM parts or did someone custom make these to band-aid a crank-walk problem?

    Any leads on where to purchase, or are they not needed?
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    JRTobbe New Member

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    Found an older thread mentioning that the Manual Trans does have 2 spacer plates.
    I still can't find any mention of them across the internet.
    Hopefully, the used motor I buy has a set in good condition.
  3. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    your talking about the stamped sheet metal spacer sandwiched between the engine and trans, just to clarify? the plate has nothing to do with crank-walk, mostly it is for keeping dirt out of the bell housing. you can lay it down on a hard surface and beat it back into shape with a hammer if you need to.
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    JRTobbe New Member

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    Gotcha. Those are the ones.
    I had to pull my engine for a bad crank.
    I had never seen those plates before, so I was confused as to the purpose.

    Still surprised I can't find one for sale.
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    Racecar FEOA Member

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    Usually don’t sell many if any of those. Just make some out of 1/8” plates if you want new ones.
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    Check the dealer for those plates.

    If you do straighten them, don't put in sharp kinks. I have had good luck just using my foot with the plate on the ground. But that was the V8 ones, which are only about 1/16" thick.
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    whats the story with the bad crank? r u pulling another doner engine? if so take that ones plate
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    the 5speed uses two pieces. The automatic only uses one. If you get a donor from an automatic car then you will need to reuse the one closer to the trans as that is the one specific for the 5speed

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