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Old 10-26-2005, 11:11   #1 (permalink)
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99 Contour Timing Belt Replacement Problem

I have a '99 Contour, 2.0 4cyl with about 89k miles. Contour would not start one morning. Got an OBD code of P193 "High Input Pressure on Fuel Rail" (I believe). Checked the obvious, fuel pump, fuel filter, plugs, and spark. All there and ok. Saw that there were timing belt teeth gone for a 5" section of the timing belt. Got a quote of $600-800 to replace timing belt.

Decided to change it myself. After stripping everything away, and installing the new belt using the Ford Repair Manual procedures I saw that the exhaust sprocket and exhaust cam turned separately. That is, I cranked the engine manually for two rotations, and watched the intake cam & sprocket, crankshaft and exhaust sprocket move in sync. However, the exhaust camshaft moved sluggishly and for biref durations, not at all.

It appears that the two camshafts are close to sync (about 5-10 degrees) after the two rotations of the crankshaft. The reason might be the variable camshaft timing unit (VCT).

Anyone else see/have this problem?

Thanks.
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