Let me know if I'm just beating a dead horse or if I'm helping any!
A lot of these point you mentioned do not apply to my 2009. That is one of the reasons I started this thread, as it is actually easier than the older years that almost all other videos and threads cover. It was overwhelming for me at first, but doing an 08/09 and maybe an 07 is easier as there is less to do. Your point's aren't a waste, will probably help others in the future.[/QUOTE]
Biggest thing I can say is remember what goes to what. I'm used to dropping small/big blocks in chevys and oldsmobiles, so the wiring was a little different for me, but I labeled everything with tapes and numbers so it wasn't too bad.
Agreed. I started to label things, but given the amount of it, I gave up just get things moving along. I may regret it shortly....
Question: did you change the exhaust(?) camshaft or swap the timing cog? I don't see anything about that in the post. The 2.5 has a slightly different shaped cog that the sensor picks up. The cog has to be the original one so the stock ECU can recognize the timing. Wanna make sure you do that before putting it in all the way.
I just got to working on the engine part this week and about to update the thread with it. No need to mess anything on the '09. The cog is the same between '12 Escape 2.5 and '09 2.3.
Also, There was a timer tool I had to use. Now, forgive me, it's been about a year or so since I swapped, so I don't remember exactly what it was. It was basically a purple rod that fitted into either the crank or cam to properly bench time it when the take the camshaft out.
Yes, Still needed when swapping out the crank pulley. I bought one of these:
I found that I had to use the stock oil pan and use the new valve cover, which means I have two dipsticks. The reason I had to use the Ford's valve cover is because the Variable Valve Timing Solenoid did not fit with the old cover. But mine is a 2005 changed to 2010, so you might be different.
I did change the valve covers and oil pans. The Fords VVT fits fine into the 2.3 cover using the fords VVT gasket. I still end up with one dip stick.
The intake manifold was fun. I dunno about your newer one, but I had to remove the locating dowels in the stock intake manifold so that I could shift it just a bit. The ports on the intake are just slightly bigger and the stock manifold would't cover it completely.
I used one of the adapter plates from e-bay and it was a bolt on for me.
Yes! One of the resources I have been using! Thank you!!!