open the hood, pour a gallon of gasoline into the engine compartment...then throw a lit match into the mix.
No, not that I know of. ZXTuner sells an AC Delete pulley that replaces the compresser with an idler pulley. I have it on two of my ZX2s and it works fine and is easy to install and no new belts are required.
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there are two different sizes for that year since a split of of months one is a 70mm or a 60mm pulley and one on the bottom 47mm take off timing cover to see and the crankshaft pulley
the 98 ford escort zx2 has a 4 pin maf and 70mm timing belt idler the 00 has a 6 pin maf and 60mm timing idler
there is always an idler pulley designed to maintain the tension. It has a strong spring and has to be pried down to take the pressure off the belt, be careful.
No, the engine does not have to be removed.
Replace the tensioner pulley
Just replace it with a new one.
If the timing belt is not tensioned correctly it will "walk" back and forth on the cogs and idlers. It is probably walking out to the upper mount and binding on it, snapping the bolt.
About $300 for just the belt. $599 for the belt, new water pump and idler and tesioner pullies.