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Need to know how to set the crank and cams?

I need to know where the timing marks on the twin cams and the crank motor of a 2006 ford escape with a2.3l in it need to be ? I am changing the timing chain out and i want to make sure that the three marks are lined up right. At this time i have not taking out the old chain. I taking off the cover and look at everything but befour i take the chain off i would like to know where the marks need to be . I have done timing chains befour but only with one cam not two so any help with this would great.

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Every timing chain/belt I've ever done are timed to TDC (top dead center). First thing to do is rotate the engine by hand to line up the timing mark on the crankshaft. Then look to see if timing marks on the cams are visible. If not then the are 180 degs out. Basically all of the timing marks are tied to the crankshaft timing mark. Some have more than one mark so once you have them all lined up take something to mark/paint/score the chain link and cam gear on each one. That way you'll know to put it back in same spot.

BUT! be careful, that is a "interference" engine, meaning the piston will hit a valve and bend it if they are off. Try checking at the library for a manual and copy the page or check it out to make sure.

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thank you for the help i will try that !!!


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BEFORE removing the chain, set your engine at TDC and check the back of the camshafts. There is a slot that runs through the rear face of each shaft. They should line up horizontally. There is a tool to hold them this way. Be sure to hold the cams and the crankshaft in place when changing the chain. Release and pull back both tensioners and hold them with a paper clip or something similar. Should be a simple r&r from there.

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