Boroscope into cylinder #3 and #2, #3 looks to have bits of metal in it, all 4 have valve-markings punched in the top of them. They’re normally flat-top pistons.

See those lines on the end of the cams? They’re meant to line up. They don’t. And i think neither of them are correctly phased to the crank anymore aswell.

I think the timing tensioner jumped or fucked off somehow, haven’t taken apart to confirm yet, kicking the belt off on a wild ride. Turning it over now it locks up when each piston pair reached the top due to valve interference.

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Was driving mom and a trailer to the recycling dump, had unloaded with the car running all while(it doesn’t wanna start when hot anymore), we both noticed a weird sound like a bearing on a belt follower going bad, singing/whining. Pulled away from the place, made it 200m, hear something start slapping around so turn off the engine, or atleast i think i was the one who turned it off, and coast to a stop.

Look under bonnet to find my initial suspicion to be correct, it had torn half of the accessory drive belt, and was flinging it around. Not the first time i lose one of these. Car won’t start because it’s heatsoaked. Call dad to come pick up the trailer, call roadside assistance to come get the car due to a no-start. 25 mins later dad shows up to get the trailer, i try cranking the car, it sounds like zero compression and just runs easily along with the starter.

Roadside assistance guy also said it was a timing belt from what i told him it did. He was right.

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So, 4 months away from it’s 6 year anniversary, 75.000km and 5.883 liters of fuel later she’s a goner. Neither me or dad has ever seen this happend to one of these engines(we both race similar cars).

Where to now? I honestly don’t know. We should have the parts to build a new engine for it, but time is catching up to the rest of the car by now. There’s a dealer who has a stupid-cheap 2003 Ford Mondeo 2.0 on the lot i might go check out, but i don’t have high hopes for it being worth any kind of money. Finding another Escort will likely to next to impossible because they’re cheap beater cars to most people.

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RIP, you magnificent beast.