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It is a NON Interference engine. The pistons have reliefs cut into them, in order to prevent damage if the belt snaps. Therefore if you snapped a belt the valves will not collide with the pistons. Source - A friend of mine that has been a Ford mechanic for 21 years.

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Q: Is the engine on a 1999 ZX2 2.0L DOHC Zetec an interference or non-interence engine?
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