i recently bought this car running condition with engine problems
i can crank it up and drive around the yard but it sounds horrible some
say it needs new heads some say it needs this or that im trying to figure
out whats really wrong with the car
its not getting a spark on the second plugg i know that they say it could
be a rod is broke or something but its not making that bad of a noise but
im afraid to drive it around
On a 2.0 Zetec most likely problem is a jumped timing belt, which
likely bent a valve or two. Pull the timing cover and check the
alignment of the timing marks, and do a compression test. If the belt
is jumped, all compression will be down a bit, and at least one is
likely to be close to zero.
You're correct that the Contour went to OBD II in 96 but, the Zetech IS an
interference engine. Ford says it's not but, when the cam belt slips or breaks,
absolutly DO bend valves. I've seen it very many times.
On Mon, 12 Sep 2005 15:46:01 -0500, Andrew Rossmann
At idle or cranking speed it may not be an interference engine - bat
at 2500 RPM or more, driving down the road, if the felt jumps you
usually DO end up bending a valve.
I've seen several require extensive repairs after jumping a tooth or
two - and I've seen them survive with no damage (jumped while
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