Re: 99FORD CONTOUR TIMING BELT
On Mon, 06 Jun 2005 19:11:31 GMT, "Wendy & John"
>veronica wrote: 99 FORD CONTOUR SE 4 CYL TIMING BELT
>The timing belt broke and the garage replaced it but didn't put
>the main belt back on. They said I have a cracked head and
>damaged valves, and they kept hiking up the price to fix it.
>A second garage was no help. I drove it home without the
>main belt on, but had to drive with both feet.
>If the head and valve was messed up would I have been able
>to drive it??? It has oil, and it's not smoking. No garage
>here will mess with it. What could possibly be wrong?????
The Zetec is an interference engine. The pistons have kissed a few
valves good-bye. You will need, at the least, the head rebuilt. It
could be worse- the pistons may also be damaged. It is repairable, but
it won't be cheep.
>What could possibly be wrong is many things, such as a cracked
>head and damaged valves. If so, it may have still been driveable
>but it would run so badly you would have to drive it with both feet.
>If no garage will mess with it, it is because they don't think they
>can make a profit on the work at the price you are willing to pay.
>If all of the garages are wrong in their diagnoses, you may get
>other suggestions here from alt.autos.ford readers, but you will
>have to provide more information: Go back to the garage that
>replaced the timing belt. Ask what makes them think the
>valves are damaged, and what makes them think the head is
>cracked. Post their answers here; a reader may provide help.
>Wendy & John.