Question about 1993 Mercury Villager
My 1993 Mercury Villager with 340,000 miles died while backing out of a parking space. It started running very rough then died and would not start. After I got it home and started looking into the problem, I found that the timing belt tension pulley bearings had come apart causing the timing belt to run loose. I suspected that the timing belt had jumped timing so I replaced the timing belt tension pulley and installed a new timing belt. I was careful to make sure the timing marks on both cam pulleys and the crank pulley were lined up with the marks on the belt cover and the marks on the belt. I thought this would fix the problem, but now it will not act like it wants to fire when starting. I replaced the distributor rotor and confirmed that the wires are firing.
Any ideas on what I could check next?
Glad I could help, sounds like your figured it out on your on,
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
SOURCE: mercury villager belt tension
it is possible on some cars to over tighten or under tighten but on your van i believe the tension er is spring loaded which means you cannot over or under tighten because the spring keeps the belt the right tension. and as far as $580 i think that is extremely to high. i don't think you need to replace anything
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
could be the alternator, water pump
take the belt and spin all the pulleys and listen for noise and make sure they turn smoothly
another trick is to take a can of wd40 or equivalent and spray the bearings 1 at a time till the noise goes away or quiets down
Posted on May 16, 2009
Make sure you locate the Serpentine Belt Routing Sticker before you proceed. If not make an excellent drawing and take a GOOD Picture. Do NOT try to just remember how it goes back on Should be a 15mm wrench to loosen tensioner to remove belt. Locate mounting bolts to tensioner and remove, replace with NEW tensioner tighten bolts then use wrench arc torque about 15 degrees should snug it down, reroute belt then using 15mm pull tensioner to either side of belt to install belt in correct route. Remove all tools and body parts from engine bay. Do not start engine if anyone is in the vicinity of engine bay. Belt may fly off if you did not do it right and cause all kinds of shrapnell, if it doesn't fly off, visually inspect belt before starting and after, I would suggest being very careful before during and after starting to insure safety.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
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