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How do you set the timing on a 1998 Ford ZX2?


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2015-07-16 18:09:52
2015-07-16 18:09:52

If you need to set the timing on a 1998 ZX2, one of two things have gone wrong, 1; your computer is not correctly controling the the timing and needs to be replaced ( this is a simple operation, as it is located under the radio of the the vehicle, and is realativly easily done), 2; your timing belt has jumped and has to be replaced (I learned this one the hard way)this task is difficult but can be accomplished if you have patience and the following items, a haynes manual # 36020, and cam positioning sensor with crank pin # OTC6486. The Haynes manual has more pictures and is easier to follow than Chiltons, and The OTC6486 can be purchased at any O'Reilly's, together they are about 40 or 50 bucks (depending on where you live) but they will keep your sanity and hair intact. If you chose to have a mechanic do this, ask questions, such as brand of timing belt they are putting on, are they going to replace the water pump at the same time, are they going to replace the tensioners also, you should get yes answers to the latter two, and a brand you recognize on the first question, if not, find another place to get this done, otherwise you are just asking for another failure.


There is no reason to replace the water pump when doing timing on the ZX2. The water pump has nothing to do with the belt and is not even in the way. Read the how-to on Team ZX2. Link is below in the 'Related Links' section.


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