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Here's a great tip if you have an old Ford Escort -- specifically, 1981 or 1982. These models tend to have timing belt problems. When the belt breaks, the pistons come up erratically and break the valves by smashing them. An obvious response to this is to save up for a new engine, since it's perfectly acceptable to replace and old Ford Escort engine with one from a newer model. However, you can avoid having to buy a whole new engine by having the timing belt replaced every 45,000 miles. These old Escorts need a little more TLC, so be sure to keep up on general tune-ups as well.