Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:35 AM
The timing tools (crankshaft locking pin and camshaft locking plate) are essential for the correct installation of the timing belt on these engines. A timing tool kit which is suitable for most Ford engines can be found on Ebay for about 20 Pounds. Without the timing tools it is almost impossible to obtain a 100% correct timing adjustment.
Note that the crankshaft bolt and camshaft bolts are "Stretch" bolts. These bolts can not be reused and must be replaced. A stretch bolt which has already been used loses its strenght when it is tightened for a second time. A weakened stretch bolt may come loose which can result in engine damage.
Changing the timing belt is pretty easy on these engines. The only difficulty is that all timing belt pulleys are keyless. they are only held in place by the pulley bolts. If the pulley bolts are loosened the pulleys can rotate freely on the crankshaft and camshafts. Because of this it is important to follow the procedure prescribed by Ford to change the timing belt and tighten all (stretch) bolts to the correct torgue and angle. Some aftermarket timing belt manufacturers may prescribe different torque settings than Ford does. In this situation I always use the torque settings which are prescribed by Ford.