Tip & How-To about 2000 Ford Focus
The pulley wheel bearing on the auxiliary drive belt tensioner, which does not come as a separate part from ford, was showing signs of wear so I decided to replace the tensioner.
It's not a simple "whip the old one out" and "stick another one in" as the information in my Haynes manual suggests. In fact the information in my Haynes Service and Repair Manual - Ford Focus 1998 to 2001 (S to Y reg) Petrol and Diesel.
Also, looking under the car it appeared that the Power Steering Pump is bolted onto, or on top of, the tensioner which means the power steering pump may have to come off in order to remove the tensioner. Not so simple a job as the Haynes manual describes.
I have discovered there are three, 15mm nuts (Torqued to 48Nm) securing the Tensioner, two below the power steering pump and one above, identifiable by three protruding studs with T40 torx ends. An E8 torx spanner would be necessary if it were proposed to remove these studs.
In addition, I have also discovered that the power steering pump, secured with four, 10mm bolts, is bolted directly on top of the tensioner, piggy back style (There are four bolt holes in the tensioner body for mounting the power steering pump). So in order to remove the tensioner, it is also necessary to remove (and drain) the power steering pump. An alternative method of removing the tensioner might be to unbolt the pump (without draining) and move it to one side out the way while the tensioner is being removed.
Creating More Workspace:
It is necessary to remove the CAC to inlet manifold pipe (drivers side) i.e. the wide, black pipe bolted to the top of the engine, to gain access to the P.S. pump and move the Engine Coolant Resevoir to one side.
Also, to make the process easier and create additional space, it may be helpful to remove the following additional items from the car:
Here is a general description of the "external" O-ring on the Power Steering Pump HP union. Someone may be able to find a supplier for the o-rings on the Internet Note that the "internal" black, rubber o-ring is also an integral part of the replacement union.
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