Hey Scotty I have a 98 ford escort and one night went to store to get babie goods and got home just fine now on this night we had a cold freeze over out in Texas and I had I believe water and no coolant in car well next morning I woke up to go to work and tried to start ca but would just crank and wouldn't start? Later that night thawed out the engine with a little floor heater and next day tried to start and nothing just cranks no start so tried to jump start it and nothing about 3 times and 4th time heard a weird sound in like the gears or something so didn't try again and just pushed back to parking spot where it had remained since it has been about 5 months I haven't been able to get it to run had 4 people come by to look all unprofessional of course got told it had spark and gas coming out of the injectors and the timing was never check so I Busted a DIY and pulled it all off to notice my belts all intact but that my markings are offf . Could this be why it's not starting ? What is the best way to go about this for I am a dad of 5 of a horrible income lol and one other question if it's the timing belt is there a way I could just adjust markings back to right spot without buying a whole new timing belt kit just to see if it will start and see if that's the case ? Trying to not waste money as well as save some too lol please help I use your YouTube videos everyday and helped me tons I just can not figure this out on my own this time and where I live mechanic and shops charge a arm and a leg just to evaluate the cars problems :/ please and thank you so muchh

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Proudfatherof05
Proudfatherof05

I haven't seen any type of damage to belt or teeth missing but internally there possibly could be . I was thinking cause my whole engine/radiator all froze solid that when I tried to start it with key just was too frozen and when i push started it that because was so frozen it jumped/skipped on timing belt . I read online from a few forums that the 98 ford escort with the 2.0 is a non interface and that the manufactures say it's a interference but that there wrong about that that it's only In the earlier models ? So if it's a interference engine there's worse damage that's cause it but a non interference engine means it would most likly be the timing just jumped and is the problem?

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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if markings are off, then timing either ripped teeth off or something internally broke. That is an interference engine, and if so, odds are new belt and timing kit will not fix that.