Can't see the fscking timing marks!

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Ok, here's an example where new is not improved.

On an old Ford, I can simply hook up my remote starter to the solenoid right there on the fenderwell, and look at the harmonic damper, which is clearly marked every 90 degrees, and a very obvious timing pointer on the timing cover.

For 2003, my timing mark on the balance appears to be one tiny notch, and I cant see the timing cover to know where the marks are!

what a butt pain just to give an engine a leakdown test.
 
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#8 90% leakage out the exhaust, #7 70% leakage through the crankcase. the rest are all 10-15% leakage out the crankcase.

78,000 miles, some of which were very hard miles.
 

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John, you're saying Ford doesn't have us in mind when they design the cars? They don't care that it's difficult to work on one of their vehicles? Have I mentioned my Ford work trucks where changing the plugs is a nightmare and you have to do at least 2 of them by feel? I'm shocked at Ford. Shocked, I say.

Sorry to hear your motor is showing some age. As you said, you have used it properly. :hail:
 
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Did you make the leakdown gauge yourself? What size is the orifice?
I have an OTC compression tester and leakdown tester. the orifice between the two gauges? not sure.

I did a compression test two years ago and knew I had a problem. Its why I stopped doing track events with it. It doesn't knock, it doesn't smoke, but its a bit hard to start sometimes.

its like having the same axe for 20 years and only replacing the head, and the handle...i guess...the engine is the only mechanical subsystem I haven't renewed or refreshed.
 

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