1999 Ford Escort Q&A

1999 Ford Escort Question: timing belt line up and is a 2.0 vtc motor an interference motor

bought car off craigs list from lady she said woke one morning wouldnt start. I looked at it and found timing problems, there was a pretty new belt but failed tensioners. I PUT THE #1 CYL. AT TOP DEAD CENTER and synked the cams as directed, but the slot at the end of the cams are off centered I tried both ways with # 1 cyl. at tdc the car starts but runs very rough , and when you try to give it gas it dies, or dies on its own within a minute or two. did I not do something right or do you think I have head damage? and how can you tell if there is head damage or maybe some other issue ? thanks, any advice would help, Ive done did this twice ! -
Answer 1
if its a gas engine then all the 2.0 liter egines are non interference engines,only the 2.0 l diesel is interference.you really should use a precision ground plate that taps into the end of the off centered slots in the end of the cam for cam timing then set #1 to tdc and istall the belt.if youve allready done that then there could be a host off other problems.check for any vacuum leaks then maybe proceed with a leak down test for each cylinder.good luck -