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John's Cam Failure #793

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----- Original Message -----
From: John
To: v8sho@v8sho.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: 99 Taurus SHO Jumped Timing?

Is it possible for a 1999 Taurus SHO to jump timing? I took to Ford b/c it does not run. They also stated a engine replacement is around $3,000 plus labor. They will taking the engine apart tomorrow to find out if the back 4 cylinders have any compression. Thanks.


Possible but unlikely.

Dollars to donuts says you've got yourself a classic cam failure. I'd suggest staying away from Ford on this one. Find yourself a SHO specialist if at all possible.

Where are you?


Unless your immediate family owns all/part of the dealership you're just asking for heartache. Not meant to be sarcastic.


While we await with baited breath the $1,200 result before the Ford mechanic puts the top half of the engine in the trunk I feel luck and I'll just take a wild guess.

John's Cam Failure #793

I wish John got his cam welded last month, last week or any time before today.

A national recall might have F-ING helped! You know, tell owners that their engine is a time bomb, (but not like the F150 time bomb) and the owner might just choose to take corrective action.

We have our own EOD at V8SHO.

(sorry, end rant mode)


Unfortunately it does "jump time" and loose compression when the cam sprocket comes loose from the the camshaft tube as described on the site in numerous posts bending the exhaust valves in the rear head or the intake in the front head. It is always best to have taken the preventative measures as many of us have described from experience. Of course I was flat stupid to believe the dealer and Ford Help Line that this problem doesn't exist.

Carter Fuji

By the way, what dealer is "giving-away" the replacement motor for $3,000. Factory crate if you can find one is $13,000 alone plus installation.

Carter Fuji

I'm thinking count to ten then #793?

Did the stealership also say the distributor jumped a tooth?


Please, the Ford dealer has already said it has "jumped time", surely they would know if it were a bad cam, which of course it couldn't be since it "doesn't happen". (Sarcasm, dripping sarcasm).

John, sorry for your hard lesson but if you could provide a little more information we might be able to save you the dealer charges.

Carter Fuji

How many miles on the car, what is the VIN?


Details Pending  -Buford

Classic Cam sprocket failure. Read up about in on V8sho.com

Don Mallinson

That is the ultimate indignity... to buy a car with a defective engine design, have the manufacturer deny it, then when you have suffered a big financial loss because of their defect they still charge you additional money just so they can tell you the bad news.

Does anybody know where this car is? I always want to know if it is in a location where welding services were readily available, and also someone here might want to buy the salvage and resurrect it.

> While we await with baited breath the $1,200 result before the Ford mechanic puts the top half of the engine in the trunk I feel lucky and I'll just take a wild guess.

Bob B

----- Original Message -----
From: John
To: v8sho@v8sho.com
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:44 PM
Subject: Cam Failure at 130k miles

Ford Dealer stated cam failure today..I found a used engine for $1500 on eBay..Should I keep it or get rid of it? I'm very saddened...

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