I just rebuilt the engine on my daughters 98.

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD ESCORT
  • 160,000 MILES
I just rebuilt the engine on my daughters 98 esort zx2. Started it up and the exhaust manifold was almost instantly hot to the touch. Then after 3 minutes of idling the car dies as if it had run out of fuel pulled code p0505 iac fault. That doesn't concern me near as much as the head and exhaust getting hot when the engine temp is cold why am I only building heat there and why so fast?
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 3:22 PM

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Tiny
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Re check your timing belt. It may be retarded which builds up heat

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 3:23 PM
Tiny
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I will do that now I have herd that sometimes with hydraulic exhaust cams they could cause this is that true? Cause when I timed it the gear on the cam would move before the shaft.
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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Thats correct. Re check your marks

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 3:59 PM
Tiny
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The timing marks on the balancer should line up with the casting marks correct? I will go ahead and get my timing tool out and do it again. Is there any way to keep the exhaust cam from doing that?
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 4:10 PM
Tiny
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There is a plug you remove and insert a punch, which I use to lock it at tdc.

As far as the cam. It is hard to make sure it is lined up. Rotate the motor 3 times when done to confirm the marks.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
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Ok I have the tool for timing it and when I lock it at tdc dose it matter on what stroke or will the pcm take care of that? Is there a way to prime the vct so that it stays put and spins with the cam?
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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Does not matter on tdc.

Cannot prime the vvt.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 4:30 PM
Tiny
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Would it help to pull the plug off the front and add a little oil?
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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 10:54 PM
Tiny
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You can do that but as soon as oil pressure builds in motor, it will tension up

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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 1:12 AM
Tiny
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Ok checked the timing it is still on. Now is there anything else it could be?
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 5:33 PM
Tiny
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It got op temp this time before shutting its self off.
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 9:34 PM

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