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Timing belt cover dust seal

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by Grey Hamster, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Grey Hamster

    Grey Hamster New Member

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    Changing the timing belt and pulleys on my 1998, and I find the belts and pulleys have ingested the dust seal that lined the edge if the upper timing cover.

    The bottom cover dust seal is intact.

    I've been researching all day and can't find a source for this dust seal. I'd really like to find one or a suitable replacement.

    I'm hoping someone here has encountered this and found a solution.

    Thank you,
    Asa Jay
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I would grab one from a junkyard. Probably the only place you'll find it.
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    Grey Hamster New Member

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    Failing to find one on-line and not much interested in scouting a junk yard, I instead used some 1/4" vacuum line, split on one side. It appears to have held in place nicely. I probably could have used some weatherstrip adhesive to make sure it stuck, but it's getting the job done.

    Funny, or sad?
    My 1998 ZX2 is becoming hard to find specialty parts for.
    My 1971 Mach 1 could be completely rebuilt from parts readily available from a number of vendors.

    Really no comparison, honestly. But it does highlight the trouble we'll continue having, to find specialty ZX2 parts (or maybe even early Zetec engine parts) in the future.

    Asa Jay
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    There are far less people interested in keeping Ford Escorts on the road as there are people interested in keeping Ford Mustangs on the road.
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    I like keeping these little escorts on the road . maybe I’m crazy ? Maybe there are others that like these cars? I personally have two new 2019 vehicles and I still love these little cars.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I liked my escorts but it's time to move on. I have an 08 and 09 focus now, and eventually I'll get a 2012-up focus, too.
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    I think the 10-12 have automatic transmission issues that people have filled class action lawsuits. if you go those years I would get manual transmission
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    How did I miss this response?

    Of course I'd be getting one with a manual transmission!
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