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I have a 95 contour 4cyl and I am reassembling after replacing the head gasket. what I am confused about is that when #1 cylinder is at TDC the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley and oil pan do not line up.
 

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I had to borrow the info from contour.org, but I think post #7 has what you're looking for

timing marks?

I have a 95 contour 4cyl and I am reassembling after replacing the head gasket. what I am confused about is that when #1 cylinder is at TDC the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley and oil pan do not line up.
 

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This is what early ones looked like.
Two piece crank pulleys should be replaced with a one piece first.
The first crank mark is an advanced mark used by Ford.
 

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out of curiosity. what engine is in the early contours? is it the a=same as the 2.0 in the 98's?
 

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Yup. The Zetec 2.0 @ 125hp and Duratec 2.5 @170hp were used in all year Contours. Then the SVT's got an Extrude Honed 2.5 creating 195hp for '98, then 200hp for ''99 & '00. The SVT's had a total production run 11,445.

The same transmissions were used also, except the pre-98 MTX was rod shift, the post 98 was cable.
 

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out of curiosity. what engine is in the early contours? is it the a=same as the 2.0 in the 98's?

In 98 the EGR was dropped in favor of VCT (variable cam timing) on the 2L.
As usuall there were many small changes in parts over the years that can lead to confusion.
 

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that was fun setting up the cams. i had to use an intake plaque from a 93 thunderbird to align them...
 

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Hello,
Another new guy here.
I just replaced the headgasket on my nephews 96 contour 2.0. What happens if the intake cam is off a tooth?
I didn't use a cam alighning tool :nono:
The car wont idle and seems to be missing?
 

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I think you answered your own question.
 

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Gotcha... So I need to check cam alignment. When we took it apart we just marked the cams and belt with chauk.
But the intake cam mark on the tooth wasn't straight up and down and I'm guessing that is the problem.We may have put that on wrong.
S0 I need to set TDC and Figure how to alight the cams ??
I'm familiar with old school engines and learning about these new DOHCs... LOL
 

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are those the one with the steel valve seatings that blow off and damage the engine i could have swarn it was anything 91 to 96 thats why ford has a tsb on the heads i dont feel like looking but remember fixing one a couple years back and its best if u put motor at tdc and use an alignment tool i remrmber i paid probably $20 bucks from snap on but that tool and many other are in the crazy snap on box probably never to be used again lol
 

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are those the one with the steel valve seatings that blow off and damage the engine i could have swarn it was anything 91 to 96 thats why ford has a tsb on the heads i dont feel like looking but remember fixing one a couple years back and its best if u put motor at tdc and use an alignment tool i remrmber i paid probably $20 bucks from snap on but that tool and many other are in the crazy snap on box probably never to be used again lol
I don't think so, I haven't heard about that problem with Contours or Focus for that matter, both have the 2.0 Zetec.
 

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I had the head taken in to check for cracks & milled for warpage and they did not say anything about the valve seats...... Hope thats good news.
My nephew just paid a grand for the car and just wants basic transportation.:skep:

Is there any other way to set the timing on this car.(Fine tuning) We set the timing like the book says and the car seems under power (I never drove it before it blew the head gasket) and seems to have a slight miss still.
New plugs,wires & fuel filter. The car has 120,000 on it.
I made a cam alignment tool from a pice of flat steel from a fence Almost.20 thickness.
 

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The cam pulley bolts can be loosened and the pulleys turned with the cams aligned. Turn over by hand two times and check marks again.
However if the car ran OK before, it still should.

Compression test.
Fuel pressure test.
Clean MAF.
Check for vacuum leaks(PCV is under exhaust manifold).
Coolant can damage the O2 sensor.
 
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