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Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by scottie0352003, Jun 26, 2008.

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    We have a 98 zx2 2.0 zetec motor, auto, i was wondering if it is easy to time this motor, Its out on the exhaust side, any way of loosening the belt and just turning it back to be in time. Or just do a complete timing.
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    re

    one more thing, if the VCT goes bad, what will it cause the car to do.
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    This question sounds familar. Didn't you ask it on Team ZX2 as well? I answered it there.

    There is another post on Team ZX2 in the problems section. The guy has a P1383 code for the VCT. Someone responded with the Ford repair CD info. It'll tell you what you want to know about failed VCT.
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    thanks zx2fast, i was wondering where i could find something like that.

    so do u think that the cams is out of time from the pic?
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    You can't trust the marks. Those could easily be quality control check marks. What I'm trying to say is, not all ZX2's have those marks. They are not there to set timing. The only way to set the cam timing is to remove the valve cover and lock the cams in place with the lock tool as described in the how-to I wrote and linked you too.
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    ok, i see what you are saying now. likei said, i have never timed a zetec motor, and thanks again for the write up how to for it.

    i will time it this week and let you know the results
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    Wow I just got done with this actually very easy to do. IMO at least. I did the belt and water pump both timing belt pulleys and tensioner in about 3 hours. I was expecting hell with it but it went very well.
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    One of the reasons I like this car so much is because it is easy to work on.
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    i have to agree they are easy to work on. I checked TDC on the car and all seemed fine. Still dont explain what the problem is.
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    Being out on the exhaust side is normal (as explained in the how-to I linked) and is the nature of the VCT. What symptoms are you experiencing that lead you think there is a timing issue?
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    what its doing is it feels like it isnt shifting into the last gear, its an auto, but the rpms stay revving high, when u go 45, the rpms r at 4500 and stays that way until u let off the gas, then the rpms drop down to idle. i dont think its the tranny, i think it it motor wise
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    Sounds like the torque converter isn't locking up. This would probably be the TCC switch or the P/N switch may need to be replaced or adjusted. When it acts that way try to move the shifter around a bit (but not out of gear) to see if it'll 'shift' into that higher gear. If it does, then you might be able to get away with adjusting the cable. If not, then either the P/N switch is bad or the TCC switch is. Even low or burnt transmission fluid can cause issues like this. This is almost certainly not an engine problem.
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    ok, i will try that, and i will look at those 2 things u mentioned.
    Thanks a bunch, i will let you know how it turns out.
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    ok, i tried to move the shifter when it did this, so you said it was one or the other or both sensors.

    Is there a pic somewhere as to where they are located.
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    I'm not certain where the TCC switch is since both of my ZX2's are MTX. The most experience I have with the ATX in the ZX2 involves removing it and putting a MTX in place of the ATX!

    The P/N (park/neutral) switch is on top of the transmission. It has an electrical connector and a cable going to it. The cable comes from your shifter. You'll see the cable end is slotted to allow for adjustement. The contacts inside the switch can also wear and cause shifting issues. If you are friendly with the staff at a local part store, they may let you use one of thier new p/n switches to test to see if it is the switch.

    There are guys on www.teamzx2.com that have much more experience with the ATX then I do. They may be able to tell you where it is.
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    ok, i will try these and that site. thanks a million

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