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How to replace timing belt on Ford Focus 2.0i 1998-2005

Replacement Interval Guide

  • Ford recommend replacement every 100,000 miles or 10 years.
  • The previous use and service history of the vehicle must always be taken into account.

Check For Engine Damage

CAUTION: This engine has been identified as an INTERFERENCE engine in which the possibility of valve-to-piston damage in the event of a timing belt failure is MOST LIKELY to occur. A compression check of all cylinders should be performed before removing the cylinder head(s).

Repair Times – hrs

Remove & install:
Focus 2,20
Mondeo 2,40
Cougar 2,40
Transit/Tourneo Connect 2,30

Special Tools

  • Camshaft setting bar – Ford No.303-367 (21-162B).
  • Sprocket holding tool – Ford No.205-072 (15-030A).
  • Crankshaft timing pin – Ford No.303-620 (21-163).

Special Precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • DO NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft when timing belt removed.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • DO NOT turn engine via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Observe all tightening torques.

How to replace timing belt on Ford Focus 2.0i 1998-2005

Removal

  1. Raise and support front of vehicle.
  2. Remove:
        • RH front wheel.
        • Engine undershield.
        • RH splash guard.
        • Auxiliary drive belt.

    NOTE: If belt is to be reused: Mark direction of rotation on belt.

      • Water pump pulley.
      • Auxiliary drive belt tensioner.
  3. Slacken crankshaft pulley bolt [1] .
  4. Turn crankshaft clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder. Ensure timing marks aligned [2] .
  5. Remove:
      • Crankshaft pulley bolt [1] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [3] .
      • Timing belt lower cover [4] .
  6. Reposition:
      • Accelerator cable.
      • Coolant expansion tank. DO NOT disconnect hoses.
      • Cruise control cable.
  7. Support engine.
  8. Remove:
      • RH engine mounting.
      • Timing belt upper cover [5] .
      • PAS hose bracket and clip.
      • RH engine mounting bracket [6] .
      • Spark plug cover.
      • Spark plug leads.
      • Cylinder head cover.
  9. Fit setting bar to rear of camshafts [7] . Tool No.303-367 (21-162B).
  10. Slacken tensioner bolt slightly [8] .
  11. Turn tensioner pulley clockwise away from belt. Use Allen key [9] .
  12. Slacken tensioner bolt four turns [8] .
  13. Unhook tensioner from metal clip [10] .
  14. Hold camshaft sprockets [11] . Use tool No.205-072 (15-030A).
  15. Slacken bolt of each camshaft sprocket [12] .
  16. Tap each camshaft sprocket gently to loosen it from taper. Ensure each sprocket turns freely on camshaft.
  17. Remove timing belt.

    NOTE: DO NOT refit used belt.

Installation

NOTE: Lower guide pulley (G2) not fitted to some engines approx 01/99 on.

  1. Ensure setting bar fitted correctly [7] .
  2. Temporarily fit crankshaft pulley [3] .
  3. Ensure timing marks aligned [2] .
  4. Remove blanking plug from cylinder block [13] .
  5. Insert timing pin in cylinder block [14] . Tool No.303-620 (21-163).
  6. Ensure crankshaft web against timing pin.
  7. Remove crankshaft pulley.
  8. Ensure tensioner unhooked from metal clip [10] .
  9. Fit timing belt in anti-clockwise direction, starting at crankshaft sprocket. Ensure belt is taut between sprockets on non-tensioned side.
  10. Hook tensioner into metal clip [10] .
  11. Turn tensioner anti-clockwise until pointer [15] aligned with notch [16] in baseplate. Hold tensioner pulley in position.
  12. Ensure crankshaft web against timing pin [14] .
  13. Tighten tensioner bolt [8] . Tightening torque: 25 Nm.
  14. Hold camshaft sprockets [11] . Use tool No.205-072 (15-030A).
  15. Tighten bolts [12] . Tightening torque: 68 Nm.
  16. Remove:
      • Setting bar [7] .
      • Timing pin [14] .
  17. Temporarily fit crankshaft pulley [3] .
  18. Turn crankshaft slowly two turns clockwise.
  19. Ensure timing marks aligned [2] .
  20. Insert timing pin in cylinder block [14] .
  21. Turn crankshaft clockwise until it stops against timing pin.
  22. Ensure setting bar can be fitted [7] .
  23. If not: Repeat installation and tensioning procedures.
  24. Remove:
      • Setting bar [7] .
      • Timing pin [14] .
  25. Fit blanking plug [13] . Tightening torque: 24 Nm.
  26. Install components in reverse order of removal.
  27. Tighten crankshaft pulley bolt [1] . Tightening torque: 115 Nm.

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