Do timing belts in 1994 Ford Escorts ever need replacing?
I took my 1994 Ford Escort in to a local mechanic for a 90,000 mile maintenance check up. The mechanic asked if the timing belt had ever been replaced (it hadn't), and was amazed that it has held up for 90,000 miles. However, I checked my service manual and nowhere does it say anything about replacing the timing belt, or even checking the timing. Are the timing belts on this model maintenance free?
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No they are not. The reason your manual does not saying anything about replacing the timing belt is because 9 times out of 10 most people do not know how to replace the timing belt and make sure that it is on properly and the timing is correct. Also the time belt should be changed around 115,000 miles. But it is never bad to go ahead and get it done if they already did it or are going to
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if you need it changed I seriously suggest that you take it to a reputable mechanic, especially if it's already broken. If the intake and exhaust valves are not in the right position when the piston is TDC, it will cause extensive damage.
The best place is the library, check out a chiltons/moter or haynes repair manual. Any of these will have all the info you need for the job.
A couple of things you should know about the older escorts, in many
cases the timing belt breaks becouse the water pump siezed.
Make sure to check it while your in there.Another bad thing that can happen when the belt breaks. Your cam shaft and crank shaft are spinning out of sync. This can couse bent valves and other nasty things, to happen. This happens most often when the belt breaks at
high rpm. Hope this helps Good luck
Park in a quite location. Get in the back seat. Have someone else turn the ignition switch on without starting the vehicle. Listen for the fuel pump. It will come on and run for a few seconds. If you hear nothing the Fuel Pump is defective, or the fuel pump relay or fuse is bad. If you hear it, then you know it is running but that does not mean it is actually pumping fuel. To verify that you will need a fuel pressure test. Your car is 11 years old, have you replaced the fuel filter. If not replace it before proceeding.
replacing this belt is just insurance that it won't break on you later, depending on how many miles you had driven it so far...it's advise to change the TENSIONER also, this keeps the belt correctly adjusted, check also the IDLER pulleys for bearing type noise and repl as needed...........The other BELT you should maintain is the TIMING BELT for the engine, service it around every 60K and also when doing that repl the waterpump and nec. pulleys.....These Escorts are generally low maint vehicle, and affordable to run....hope this helps you...GL
both the cam gear and the crank gear timing marks should point straight up. if you are replacing your timing belt you may also want to replace your timing belt tensioner and water pump. I have owned several escorts and have learned the hard way that it is a good idea to replace all of these at the same time.
I suggest purchasing a repair manual and following the steps in there as there is too great a risk of someone putting it on here and forgetting a step that makes it even more difficult or expensive. The auto parts places will loan you the harmonic balancer puller you will need. I have done two on 94 Escorts and it's not too bad compared to others. I would strongly recommend replacing the crankshaft seal while you have the end of the crank exposed, replacing the seal is in the book too.