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How to go about replacing the AC Drive Belt

I've never replaced a driver belt, so I don't really know what to do. Is there a pulley I would have to take off first? And after I take the pulley off, is it just a matter of popping the new belt on?

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To replace the drive belt, you will need to open the access panel or in some cases tip the washer onto its side to expose etc.


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SOURCE: Serpentine Belt on a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2

If you have a book picture your are screwed. You do have a tensioner but it is between air con and powersteering pullys. In front from under you can put 15mm wrenchopend with a nother for leverage pull center bolt down to release tension. simple.

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Firstly if the belt went you probably have bent valves. However if you want to assemble and see remove cam belt covers,remove crank pulley (could be tricky if you don't have an air tool ) remove tappet cover ( you may have to remove the throttle body to do this) Get some flat bar approx. 6mm thick and 400 to 500 mm long. You will see that on the gearbox side of the cams there are slots in the end. Remove the plugs and put a screw driver ( long ) down the hole, any one, and turn the crank untill the piston is roughly half way down the bore. Turn the cams until the plate will sit on the head and slot into the cams thus locking them. The slots are offset so you will have to play around until the plate slides in easy. Then loosen the cam gears untill you can spin them by hand, but not so loose that they are falling off. Put your long screwdriver or preferably a dial guage with extensions into no 1 plug hole turn the engine untill the piston is right at the top. Loosen the tensioner and push it back against the spring and lock it fit the new belt right to left then let the tensioner go. Check play on longest side of belt it should move about 6mm. lock the tensioner. Tighten the cam pulleys and remove plate. turn the engine one full turn clockwise and check belt tension- adjust if neccessary. turn one full turn again and make sue plate slides in when no. 1 piston is on top. Then do a compression test to see if you have bent valves. If the compression test is ok. reassemble and drive away. If not (the exhaust valves are normally bent) you are half way to taking the head off. In which case contact me and I will walk you through it. Good luck Shaun

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SOURCE: NEED TO ROUTE SERPENTINE BELT AROUND SEIZED AC PULLEY ON 2001 TAU

Some Parts Stores Have A/C Bypas Belts you should call around

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SOURCE: 1994 Ford Escort serpentine belt pulley diagram

GO TO AUTOZONE WEB SITE, there it will give you a diagram,

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SOURCE: I need instructions and a diagram to bypass the ac

simple trick provided you can do this by running some twine around your pulleys allowing for1-2 inches less for slack adjuster an that will pretty close.or they may have for that system without ac meaning the condenser unit.

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