Mechanics

TIMING BELT

1997 Ford Escort • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 150 miles

How do you change a timing belt and set up the timing on a 1997/98 ford escort 55 van. Engine is a 1.8TD
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Andysteele
December 28, 2010.




REMOVAL

CAUTION: Incorrect removal or installation of the timing belt can result in damage to internal engine components.

Remove the accessory drive belt (8620) and the drive belt tensioner (6B209).

Remove the (A) three nuts and the (B) three bolts and remove the outer engine front cover.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the RH splash shield.

Remove the crankshaft pulley bolt and the crankshaft pulley.

Align the timing marks.
Loosen the timing belt tensioner bolt (1).
Use an 8 mm Allen wrench and turn counterclockwise 1/4 turn (2).
Insert a 1/8 inch drill bit to lock the timing belt tensioner in place (3).
Remove the timing belt (4).
Inspect the belt for signs of oil leakage.
INSTALLATION

CAUTION: Incorrect removal or installation of the timing belt can result in damage to internal engine components.

NOTE: Install the timing belt over the sprockets in a counterclockwise direction starting at the crankshaft. Keep the belt span from the crankshaft to the camshaft (6250) tight while installing the timing belt over the camshaft.

Install the timing belt and remove the 1/8 inch drill bit to release the timing belt tensioner.
Tighten the timing belt tensioner bolt to 20-30 Nm (15-22 ft. Lbs.).
Roll the engine over two times and recheck the timing marks.
Loosen then retighten the timing belt tensioner bolt to 20-30 Nm (15-22 ft. Lbs.).
Install the outer engine front cover and tighten bolts to 8-11.5 Nm (71-101 inch lbs.).
Install the crankshaft pulley and tighten to 110-130 Nm (81-96 ft. Lbs.).
Install all removed components.


Ernest Clark
Feb 23, 2011.


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