timing belt line up and is a 2.0 vtc motor an interference motor on 1999 Ford Escort

bought car off craigs list from lady she said woke one morning wouldnt start. I looked at it and found timing problems, there was a pretty new belt but failed tensioners. I PUT THE #1 CYL. AT TOP DEAD CENTER and synked the cams as directed, but the slot at the end of the cams are off centered I tried both ways with # 1 cyl. at tdc the car starts but runs very rough , and when you try to give it gas it dies, or dies on its own within a minute or two. did I not do something right or do you think I have head damage? and how can you tell if there is head damage or maybe some other issue ? thanks, any advice would help, Ive done did this twice !

by in Dupo, IL on September 07, 2013
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ANSWER by , September 08, 2013
if its a gas engine then all the 2.0 liter egines are non interference engines,only the 2.0 l diesel is interference.you really should use a precision ground plate that taps into the end of the off centered slots in the end of the cam for cam timing then set #1 to tdc and istall the belt.if youve allready done that then there could be a host off other problems.check for any vacuum leaks then maybe proceed with a leak down test for each cylinder.good luck