I would take the little plug off that is right behind the door and your escort should of came with a little metal tool to move the belt along the track, I would unplug it and lock it in place at the back and just leave it unplugged I know that mine have never worked right so I just leave them unplugged
no, theres a litle round plug in the panel just aft of the door. pop it off and you will see the crank. Turn it with the appropriate size allen key.
Simpson sued some news agency I think. The belt, which was a Simpson, was cut after the accident by a rescue worker, and did not contribute to Earnhardt's brain stem injury. It was simply the inertia of his own head.