HiCustomerthis is lostrider,
~What size engine does your car have?
Yes, the timing belts on that engine are not that difficult, here is the procedure.
CAUTION: Do not rotate crankshaft with the spark plugs installed .Note: Do not turn the engine counterclockwise to line up the timing marks. After rotation, recheck camshaft timing marks for alignment. This will verify that the belt has not skipped a tooth during rotation.
Not on a 95 engine, its a free wheeling engine meaning there is no valve to piston damage when the belt breaks, look and wiggle the pulleys under the cover and the water pump to ensure the bearings are good, and no end play. your welcome.
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I have finally gotten the time to change the timing belt and water pump on my 1995 Escort 1.9 liter. Your answers were excellant and most helpful. The car is now running. I do have one other question though. When I put the car in reverse or drive, it runs very roughly. Do I need to do anything to adjust the timing?
Thanks in Advance
your welcome. here is a service bulletin for the concern.
The steering wheel may vibrate/shake during idle, with the transmission in gear, on some vehicles. This concern is induced by large A/C system and charging system loads. These loads are transferred through the engine and body causing the steering wheel to vibrate while in gear and at idle.
Replace the engine cooling fan, lower radiator mounts, and engine mounts Numbers 3 and 4. to install the latest parts. Refer to the applicable model year Service Manual for service details.