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How do you install a fan belt for a 1998 ford escort

The alternator went out on my escort,we had to take the fan belt off in order to get it on.i did'nt see them remove the belt and there is no digram under the hood to show you how to route the belt.i think i put the belt on right,but now the pully wont move either way.does this mean the spring is broken?

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  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    It means that the bearing the bearing on the (take up?)pulley is shot. Remove tension from belt and see if the pully is free. If not replace pully. 



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This is how you install the belt. It sounds like you might have a component problem.

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