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Unread 03-11-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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Question Replaceing timing belt on 98 Ford Escort

I am having to replace the timing belt on my 98 ford escort because about 1/3 of the cogs on the belt stripped off. I am also replacing the water pump while i have it all apart. I am replacing the belt and the tensioner. I have a diagram to line up the timing marks. Is there anything else that I should be concerned about like if it did damage to the head or not, other things to check or watch out for?

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I'd just clean everything up good, make sure you don't leave any remnants of the old belt around to get caught up in the new belt.

Have you done a timing belt before?

Make absolutely sure that the crank & cam marks are alighned. Turn the engine over by hand 2 turns after you think you have the belt installed properly and return to TDC to recheck the marks and belt tension.
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I have done timing belts before but not after they have died. On the belt tension, is this a self adjusting or will I have to set the tension? If I have to set the tension can you tell me how that is done?

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I've not done one, and my information doesn't tell me if it's manual tension or auto. But either way, you need to be sure that the slack is on the tensioner side of the belt, usually this means a slight clockwise rotation of the crankshaft will leave the slack on the tensioner side. Press the tensioner a wee bit to ensure that it is taking up the slack. You don't want it as tight as a guitar string, just a wee bit of "flap" in the belt. Too much flap and it will be noisy and possibly even jump a tooth, too tight and it will "sing" and possibly break later.
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Thanks for your input. I'm hopefully going to get this rapped up this week end.

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Let me know if you need any info, I can post pics & repair description. I would need to know single or dual cams.
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Thanks for all your help.

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Was this car running ok when you decided to replace the timeing belt or did the car die while you were driving it? It does matter. If the engine died while you were driving.... the valves do have a tendency to crash in to the pistons.... bending the valves.
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It's not a interference motor so it won't hurt anything
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