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I'm trying to find something on the internet for a couple things. How can i tell when i need to change the timming belt on my 1998 Ford Escort Zx2? I have around 120k miles on it and was wondering what i need to have done to it at 100k miles? Is there anything on the internet that i can find that will tell me (in detail) how to change it myself and has diagrams? i've been looking for quite some time now and can't find anything. How long will it take to change it? should i find another transportation for days or weeks?

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Older escorts were interference engines .. so when the belt broke you broke a lot more parts (very expensive) .. but yours is a clearance engine .. so when the belt breaks it just quits .. still its a good idea to change the belt well before failure .. that would be 60,000 to a max of 120,000 .. so you really need one now .. its a bit of work but you can change it yourself. you do need a little information .. here is a very good article on this that should help a lot ..
http://www.aa1car.com/library/2004/us70444.htm

it would take a mechanic just a few hours but if you have no expenience expect a whole day. make sure you have eveything you need .. gaskets pullys tensioner, metric tools .. you can likely get a kit with everything you need . sure saves a lot of you can do it ...

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