1998 Ford Escort Repair Question
Timing belt removal:
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove spark plugs. Disconnect PCV hose. Disconnect oil control solenoid connector. On early production models, remove appearance cover. Position accelerator and speed control cables aside. Remove front support isolator damper. Remove upper timing belt cover. Remove valve cover.
Disconnect heated oxygen sensor (HO2S) electrical connector. Loosen water pump pulley bolts. Remove accessory drive belt. Remove water pump pulley. Remove Crankshaft pulley. Remove lower timing belt cover. Support engine. Remove front engine support isolator bolt. Raise engine. Remove belt idler pulley. Remove middle timing belt cover. Remove catalytic converter.
Rotate crankshaft to TDC of No. 1 cylinder. Cylinder No. 1 is at top dead center (TDC) when keyway is in 12 o'clock position. Remove stud bolt and install TDC Timing Peg (T97P-6000-A) in hole at lower right of block. See Fig. 1. Rotate crankshaft clockwise against timing peg. See Fig. 2.
Loosen timing belt tensioning pulley bolt. Disconnect tensioner tab from timing cover back plate to relieve tension on timing belt. If reusing timing belt, mark direction of rotation before removal. Remove timing belt. Remove timing belt.
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