Okay, this can be a BIG pain in the butt, but not if you do it right. It took me all day to tell that the belt was slightly offset on one of the lower pulleys. This was the only thing holding me back, but I'll walk you through from step one. Step one is Take out the reservoir for the radiator.
1992 Ford Escort Replace Timing Belt
Ford Escort Questions - serpentine belt installation - CarGurus
The Ford Escort comes with a serpentine belt that routes around each front engine accessory. The serpentine belt controls all the engine accessories at the same time from the same belt. When the motor is running, the belt is driven around the accessory pulleys by the crankshaft. The belt is tensioned to the front of the engine by a belt tensioner device that keeps the proper amount of tension on the belt at all times. Replace the belt if there is excessive cracking or fraying present.
1998 Ford Escort, ZX2, timing belt replacement question:?
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Dannyl answered 4 years ago. You had a complete failure of a belt tensioner on a 98 escort zx2? That's 15 years old at that time. After you repaired it, was there still a belt tracking issue? If now, you have a belt that comes off, you need to do your repair research and find what bulletins may have been published with updated parts and or procedures.