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Chaning timing belt

My husband is trying to fix the timing belt on my 97 escort but cant get the cover off to change it

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It's a three peice cover that bolts to the front of the motor,it looks like the middle or bottom peice needs to come off first,it may help to remove the front passenger side tire,there are often holes covered with rubber holes on the inner fender that allow easier access to some of the components on the front of the motor.Has you husband ever done a timing belt before?

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