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How do I find TDC through the #1 cyl spark plug socket on a '97 Ford Escort? I have the timing belt off and have set the valves.

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Probably the safest way I can think of is to use a plastic drinking straw. Place it in the spark plug hole (best done when you can see the piston) and rotate the crankshaft slowly by hand. When the straw stops rising you are at TDC. It is better done with a dial indicator but most people don't have one. There are at least three other ways to do this but this is the easiest and safest.

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