Question about 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Serp belt keeps coming off 2.0 zetec

Mostly when it rains

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 341 Answers

The belt might be stretched or the belt tensioner might be bad...

Posted on Dec 11, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Washed Mazda Tribute v6 engine now have loud squalling noise in engine I've checked all belts , alternator , aircon , idlers , MAF system any ideas

Sounds like your belt tensioner or idle pull bearing froze up on it. Take belt off and check those components. Hope this helps

Apr 22, 2017 | Mazda Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Screaming noise coming from motor gets louder as rpm changes gears sounds like something screaming

if not alternator ,power steer pump,air con ,water pump \
serp belt tensioner or idle pullys

check crank pully is not running out of true

could be serp belt squeal
replace the serp belt


Mar 11, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

My 2000 jeep cherokee sport serpentine belt slips when it rains all pullys seem good...only happens when it rains over night and go to leave the next!

which engine.?
the XJ has a serp, in the USA LHD. (left hand drive)
most have no auto tensioner (sorry !) its not a GC.
the 4.0L has a screw drive, tensioner, not like on new cars.
the force is below. why not just buy a new one... start fresh.????.
if the screw, below the PS, that huge long screw was never set right then it will slip, most shops are to lazy to do it right
or too cheap to own the simple tool to measure tension.
as you can see its NON TRIVial AT 180 LBS.
FROM THE XJ BOOK, ,valid to 2001. RHD never LHD cars.
and never export cars. 4.0L only., so.....


posted the free book on xj 200 times
the chapter 7 covers all this,
if you care to read. RTM?

LHD ONLY !!!!!!
24715298-hkt52gi400f4we1nv5hxgewe-2-3.jpg the force spec. is HUGE.
that is the first thing go learn on 4L back then.
same my 2 1988s, xj and pickup twins. 5million made.

Jun 27, 2014 | 1994 Jeep Cherokee

1 Answer

Serp belt keeps kicking off. is there any way to prevent this from happening every time it rains?

Two things first the belt might be too old and stretched and need replacement or 2 the tension pulley on the engine may be bad and need to be replaced/ tightened

Sep 19, 2013 | 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan

1 Answer

Engine belt

On what? Most cars have a place for a 1/2" ratchet to go on the tensioner pulley. Use this to take the tension off the belt to remove and replace it. Be careful to re route the belt properly. Contact me with car info if you still need help. Its an easy DIY job for most. Belt routing stickers usually on core support by radiator if you get stuck. Some Caravans have a recall if the belt keeps coming off in rain or snow. The dealer will fix for free.

Nov 26, 2011 | Dodge Neon Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I was driving my 1999 Saab 9-5 today, it was raining, right after going through a puddle, my power steering stopped working, the battery light came on, so I pulled into a gas station, turned the engine...

LOL, nooooooo. You didn't hurt anything. In fact, you identified a problem by going through that puddle. You need a new serpentine belt and/or tensioner pulley. It sounds like the spring in your tensioner pulley may be worn, and not pulling your serpentine belt tight enough. Now, THAT being said, there MAY be yet another issue going on. While I don't doubt for a minute that you need 1) a new serp. belt, 2) a new tensioner pulley, and 3) a can of belt dressing, you may also want to check (while the old serp belt is off during the changing) that all your pulleys are spinning freely. Especially your AC compressor pulley. If your AC is low on refridgerant, it can lock up the pulley. The serp belt drives your power steering pump, your alternator, your AC pump, water pump, etc. If one pulley siezes up, the tensioner is weak, and the belt gets wet, NOTHING will turn. Hence the dead battery (alternator not turning), no power steering (pump not turning), and more importantly no coolant circulation (water pump not turning), which can cause serious overheating problems.

Nov 04, 2010 | 1999 Saab 9-5

1 Answer

Engine squeek

Check your idler pulley(s) & serp. belt, alternator & lastly your timing belt idler. Squeeks generally signal impending bearing failure. With the engine running, turn on your lights: if it goes away or gets worse, most likely its the alternator. If it stays, could be the serp. idler. Using a long screwdriver, press the tip against the alternator frame and idler support and press your ear to the other end. Its crude, but it does work...should be able to get closer to the source. If you need to replace parts, start with the idler & serp. belt, then alternator (you might be able to have it rebuilt for a fraction of the cost) and lastly timing belt & idler.
Good luck.

Nov 10, 2009 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Serp. belt off alignment

Did you replace the belt? You mentioned the pulleys, but not the belt. If the belt is new, check the grooves on the pulley that appears to be a problem and make sure there is no residue stuck in the grooves. Also, make sure you can't wiggle the pulley that is giving the problem. It is possible for a belt to cause some damage when it comes apart.

Jul 06, 2009 | 2001 Honda Passport

1 Answer

94 saab v6 serp belt replacement. does motor mount

Yes, the motor mount must come off to replace the serpentine belt on the 3.0 6 cylinder motors. Not as daunting a task as it may seem, just requires a jack and block of wood under the oil pan to support the motor.

Jun 29, 2009 | 1996 Saab 900

1 Answer

Serpentine belt keeps coming off 94 cavalier

ur problome will fixed if u change both the belt and the tensiner2e8f18d.gif

Mar 15, 2009 | 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Ford Escort Logo

Related Topics:

70 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5608 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides