Do the valves get belt on a 1996 ford escort if the timing belt slips?
Yes, sometimes. How often? Don't know. I know of the belt braking on a 1997 4 cylinder. Replaced the belt and the car ran fine for another 6 months, then it broke a valve or piston ring (removed pieces via the spark plug hole). The mechanics charged over $400 to replace the belt. I don't know if they ran a compression test afterwards or not, but they should have. However, the belt is grooved and it would be hard for it to slip. I suppose it could jump a notch, but that's a guess for sure.
If you're concerned a out bent valves after the timing belt snaps at speed the answer is yes it does have a clearance engine and you should have no trouble replacing the timing belt and continuing on your way.. I mean other then the lack of space to work to replace the belt its a straight forward fix...
Where do you set crank and cam shaft marks to set timing on a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder?" Did the timing belt snap ? if so the engine will have bent valves and require more work than just the belt. This is timing belt job is not one for the inexperienced diy mechanic. Not trying to be a wise guy, but get the manual, the timing mark set up isn't a simple explanation .
The timing for a 1996 ford escort 4 cylinder engine should be 6 degrees BTDC. If it's a CVH model, 12 degrees. If it's on a distributorless engine or programmed ignition system, it can't be adjusted. Contact breaker distance should be (on a bosch distributor) .40 to .50 mm. On a Lucas distributor, .40 to .49 mm.