I'm presuming that this is a front wheel drive Escort.
Could be the auto adjust mechanism at the top of the clutch pedal. It is a
plastic ratchet and pawl thing and failure is commom. Cost you about a fiver
for new bits but will take ages to fit, you need arms that bend in four
places while you're laid upside down.
The reverse light switch is on the front of the gearbox as you look under
the bonnet, depending on model it could be underneath a mounting support.
Unplug it and short out the pins, switch on the ignition, should have
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