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Setting timing marks on a 1998 Ford Escort

I think timing belt slipped and trying to get it set to the right timing marks. Need help

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  • westmoorland Sep 07, 2008

    i cant see the trimming mark to set the timing up can you help me
    westmoorlandconstruction@hotmail.co.uk David Moorland


  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    hi guys i have the same problem and cant seem to find the timing marks on my 1.8 16v zetec .. please help

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    i have the same problem. I'm trying to set the timing but the factory marks on the two cams arent very acurate and instead of center punches its just a spot of paint on each one.

  • Mozart Prosper
    Mozart Prosper Oct 26, 2018

    I have no check engine light on. Y is that

  • Mozart Prosper
    Mozart Prosper Oct 26, 2018

    I have a 1997 Ford escort standard 5 forward 16v.. no check engine light. All the others are working. The timing is good " can get the compression but no strat. Can you please help me with this one..

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Think u need a tool it locks the engine at top dead centre then u line cams up

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