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Click on the following free, direct LinkS. It has all the Timing Belt Diagrams you will need, complete with Instructional and Directional Diagrams to set your Timing. To my knowledge the 1997 Ford Escort only had a 2.0L not a 1.8L. The 1996 had available the 1.8L and 1.9L. I could be mistaken - my apology. In any case: The 1st Link is for the 1996 Ford Escort 1.8L The 2nd Link is for the 1997 Ford Escort 2.0L Compare/use.
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The label with the diagram is either under the hood or on the crossmember at the front of the engine bay. However, if it has been removed, here is a website that lists them all. Select your year, make and model, along with your engine, and the list of parts it brings up will include your serpentine belt. The link to the diagram for the belt will not appear to be a link, so look next to the part number and you should see a text link for the instructions.
2.0L Engines See Figures 11, 12 and 13 The
accessory drive belt for 2.0L engines has no provision for manual belt
adjustment, since these engines use an automatic belt tensioner. Drive
belt slack is taken up by the automatic tensioner. Movement of
the automatic tensioner assembly during engine operation is not a sign
of a malfunctioning tensioner. This movement is the tensioner
self-adjusting and is required to maintain constant belt tension. The belt tensioner has a belt length indicator. If the indicator marks are not between the MIN and MAX marks, the belt must be replaced. Fig. 11: Drive belt routing-2.0L SOHC engine with A/CFig. 12: Drive belt routing-2.0L SOHC engine without A/CFig. 13: Drive belt routing-2.0L DOHC engine