There should be a sticker showing the belt routing diagram and location of the tensioner on either the fan shroud, radiator core support, or fender well area of the engine compartment. If there is not, you will need to contact a mechanic or check out a Haynes manual for the type and location of tensioner used on this particular engine. Jarett answered 11 years ago.
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It is suggested by the vehicle manufacturer to replace the belt on a Ford Escort every 60, miles, based on an average of 12, driving miles per year. Serpentine belts have better construction and last longer than conventional drive belts. However, these belts tend to wear from the inside out, and tears, splits and cuts are not readily noticeable.
There's a squeal emanating from underneath your hood—and it doesn't sound good. The noise started a few months ago, on a gray and rainy morning, but it went away before you even pulled out of the driveway. Problem solved, right?
Well you know that you should have the long flat tool with the 13mm socket to relieve tension on the pulley to get the belt off. Access tensioner from underneath car - on a lift would be best. You HAVE to take the lower power steering fitting off in order to remove the lower tensioner bolt.
This is why it is referred to as the timing belt, and is subject to wear and tear over time, so it will need to be replaced. The timing belt is located inside of a protective housing on your engine and should be replaced at the specified interval. The majority of the cost is labor, because many parts need to be removed from the engine to gain access to the belt.
These instructions are intended for individuals with beginner to novice automotive mechanical experience i. If you enjoy a sense of satisfaction from doing a job well done by yourself while saving a considerable amount of money, then this is the right "How To" for you. Please note these instructions do not apply for vehicles equipped with dual overhead cam head engines.