2001 Ford Escort Not enough clearance to work

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 111,000 MILES
I need to replace the tiiming belt. There are two fasteners on the lower timing belt cover that I can not get a wrench on. One nearest the firewall is so tight that I can not get a wrench or flex socket near it. Any suggestions?
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Thursday, January 29th, 2009 AT 12:17 PM

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Removal (Escort & Tracer)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Place cylinder No. 1 to TDC of compression stroke. Remove accessory drive belt and tensioner. Remove timing belt cover. Raise and support vehicle. Remove right hand splash shield. Remove crankshaft pulley. Align timing marks. See Fig. 1.
Loosen timing belt tensioner. Using an 8-mm hex wrench, turn tensioner 1/4 turn counterclockwise. Insert 1/8 drill bit to lock tensioner in place. See Fig. 2. If reusing old belt, mark belt with arrow to indicate original direction of rotation. Remove timing belt.
Fig. 1: Aligning Crankshaft & Camshaft Timing Marks
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Removal (Escort & Tracer)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Place cylinder No. 1 to TDC of compression stroke. Remove accessory drive belt and tensioner. Remove timing belt cover. Raise and support vehicle. Remove right hand splash shield. Remove crankshaft pulley. Align timing marks. See Fig. 1.
Loosen timing belt tensioner. Using an 8-mm hex wrench, turn tensioner 1/4 turn counterclockwise. Insert 1/8 drill bit to lock tensioner in place. See Fig. 2. If reusing old belt, mark belt with arrow to indicate original direction of rotation. Remove timing belt.
Fig. 1: Aligning Crankshaft & Camshaft Timing Marks
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Fig. 2: Identifying Timing Belt Tensioner
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Installation
Ensure timing marks are still aligned. Install timing belt in a counterclockwise direction starting at the crankshaft. If reusing old belt, ensure it is installed in original direction of rotation. Keep belt span between crankshaft and camshaft tight while installing timing belt over camshaft.
Remove drill bit and tighten tensioner bolt. Rotate crankshaft clockwise 2 revolutions. Recheck timing mark alignment. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure.


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Fig. 2: Identifying Timing Belt Tensioner
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.


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Installation
Ensure timing marks are still aligned. Install timing belt in a counterclockwise direction starting at the crankshaft. If reusing old belt, ensure it is installed in original direction of rotation. Keep belt span between crankshaft and camshaft tight while installing timing belt over camshaft.
Remove drill bit and tighten tensioner bolt. Rotate crankshaft clockwise 2 revolutions. Recheck timing mark alignment. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure.
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