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2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby truck490 - May 29th, 2012, 7:59 pm

I have an 2002 2.0 5 speed with 140k on the clock. My questions that anyone can shed light on


1. Ticking coming from the head. I think it may b getting louder. Maybe valves. Anything can be done about this. Or is it just normal

2. While listening to the ticking. I noticed that if I put my finger on the spark plug wire on the far passenger side (only this cylindar)I can feel the "push" of the cylinder on the wire.. Is this lost compression? when I pull the plug wire there is also carbon ontop of this plug and 1 other plug.

3. The reason I was under the hood. I get a fuel smell through the hvac when Ian stopped at a light or in traffic. It's pretty strong

Thanks for any help
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Re: 2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby ccroy - May 29th, 2012, 8:21 pm

Different vehicle, but I had a spark plug blow out of the head of a Toyota PU.

A shop could tell right away if it's going to go. They ended up putting a helicoil or other threaded insert in the head without having to remove it.

This was in the 1980's and the shop said it was my fault for using cheap plugs (Champions) in an aluminum head. Went back to NGK's and never had a problem again.

I'd assume today with most heads being aluminum today spark plugs are made for them, but like anything thing else threads wear and/or get damaged.

I'd get it checked immediately if you think that's what it is especially if you can hear an air pumping sound near that plug. If that's what it is and you ignore it the plug with pop right out while you're driving! :shock: It's an ugly sound and you now have a poor running 3 cylinder engine!
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Re: 2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby Charles - May 30th, 2012, 6:48 am

I moved your thread to Problems and Solutions. I think you might get a better response to your question here. :yes:
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Re: 2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby truck490 - July 22nd, 2012, 5:39 pm

ccroy wrote:Different vehicle, but I had a spark plug blow out of the head of a Toyota PU.

A shop could tell right away if it's going to go. They ended up putting a helicoil or other threaded insert in the head without having to remove it.

This was in the 1980's and the shop said it was my fault for using cheap plugs (Champions) in an aluminum head. Went back to NGK's and never had a problem again.

I'd assume today with most heads being aluminum today spark plugs are made for them, but like anything thing else threads wear and/or get damaged.

I'd get it checked immediately if you think that's what it is especially if you can hear an air pumping sound near that plug. If that's what it is and you ignore it the plug with pop right out while you're driving! :shock: It's an ugly sound and you now have a poor running 3 cylinder engine!



Well I did take it in but the shop said they didn't find anything......fast forward a month and it shot the plug out of the head......it now at a ford dealer because I am away on vacation when this happened. Hopefully it doesn't cost that much.
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Re: 2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby martin-csr - July 24th, 2012, 9:04 am

A couple of things.

Has the timing belt been replaced? It should have been done at 120k miles.

Is a valve clearance check & adjustment supposed to be done on the 2.0L engine? I looked in the owner's manual & maintenance schedule for my 2002 model, but I didn't see any mention of it. However, the Chilton manual & Ford workshop manual show the procedure.
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Re: 2002 2.0 engine questions

Postby truck490 - July 24th, 2012, 10:07 am

Yea I has the timing belt done. At 124k. I haven't seen any mention about a valve job though in maintenance requirements
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