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Elaine Newcombe

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Hello,

I like a Continental Contitech kit, but I don't know of a kit that includes a water pump.

 

Be sure to check out info on replacement procedures and using the proper tools will make it go much better. 

 

Terry Haines posted a lot of info about this.

 

Regards, 

AF

 

 

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Stay away from the Gates kits, never had anything but issues especially with the included idlers and tensioners that come with the full kit.

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What is the difference between the timing belt on the before and after 4/99 engines ,my engine is dated 4 /99 so it`s right on the cusp. ,vin does read 3 for the engine but I have read all different info. on the timing belt, some read 3/99 others read 5/99 as the cutoff for timing belt difference who is right? 

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I only see a cutoff on the production date of 3/29/99. Before 3/29/99 is one style, From 3/29/99- is another style. You can call any Ford dealer service dept. and give them the VIN and they will give you the exact build date if you don't have it for reference. Since you are a 4/99 build you are in the after club on the cutoff date.

 

-Dominic

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The difference has to do with variable valve timing in the later Zetec.

 

AF

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The valve covers are different. Just look at a known early one 95-98 and compare to yours. If the same it is early, if not it is VVT.

 

AF

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Any difference in '99 is likely whether the later uses the lower idler next to the crankshaft or not, the extra one in kit disappears. The kits are called A and B and the difference is that if Gates parts. Even the earlier one can drop that idler and simply not use it, it tends to fall apart anyway since close to a lot of heat down there. The belt simply retimes different for the idler missing. I use the extra idler to remove the bearing out of it to use on other things like serp belt idlers

 

The earlier engine runs from '95-'97 so it's not that; they are a different setup as far as the tensioner goes, and idlers are different too.

 

I use Gates parts on several cars and zero issues if you install correctly. One thing to check on zetec head is whether the tensioner bolt hole is deep enough, some don't get tapped deep enough and then the bolt can be slightly loose at fully tight. Then most blame the tensioner for being bad when it comes loose. The only new part I've had come apart way early is a Ford branded idler.

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