About to undertake the dreaded timing belt change. I say dreaded as every time I work on this beast ('91 LX) it's like wrestling a steel alligator. Regardless....I trust my intolerance of frustration more than the competance of the local professionals...not to mention the fact I don't have the $300+ anyone else wants to do it. A few questions about the process: 1. What diameter is the crank pulley or whatever it is one holds to remove/fasten the crank bolt...so I can get a strap wrench of the correct size? I saw a video where they used an impact wrench to get the bolt off...but then also read where someone broke the bolt off upon installation (using an impact wrench). Perhaps a torque-limiting stick would prevent this...but I want to try to avoid the possibility to begin with and try PB Blaster, strap wrench, and breaker -bar first....but I've been unable to find out how large a strap wrench is required. I read that tightening upon reinstallation is the difficult part and that someone used a screwdriver to jam against the timing belt gear while re-torquing. Not having the best of luck with things this makes me nervous as it sounds like a good way to break a tooth. I guess if I get desparate and the strap wrench doesn't work I can try it before resorting to an impact wrench with a torque-limiting stick. If I've missed something please let me know. FWIW...the video I watched made this all look easy...but things never go that well for me. 2. For the water pump (gonna replace that too while I'm in there). Does one use sealant, a gasket (which I have), or both? If one or the other...which is the better choice...or does it not matter (I'll just flip a coin)? 3. Again for the water pump. Stupid question (sorry)....I've read that getting one of the hoses back on is a real bear. Is it not possible to put the offending hose (or both) on the pump first, install the pump, then attach it (them) at the other end(s)? I forget which hose was the supposedly difflcult one. 4. Finally, a question unrelated to the timing belt...well sort of. The a/c hasn't worked in a VERY long time. Is it possible to just buy the accessory belt for non-a/c Escorts and bypass the compressor? This would allow me to remove the hoses which just get in the way and, as well, not worry about the compressor seizing at some point. I'm not sure if the compressor would have to come out entirely or just its pulley to make room or if it would just be a "swap and go". The dang hose is in the way of the dipstick and right where all the work for the timing belt is. I'm working out on the street so I'm trying to account for as many possibilities as I can and do this as quickly and smoothly as possible...so the neighbors don't complain. Thanks for you help! PS One more question...upon re-installation of the crank bolt....anti-seize it, blue-locktite it, or leave it dry and call it good? I may see about finding an new bolt just to make the 120,000 mile timing belt change less uncertain.