I changed my alternator in my 1998 ford ranger, so I also put a new drive belt on. Everything went well until it came time to put the tension wheel back on. I can't push the wheel into place and set the screw at the same time. Help!
Check to see if there is a square hole in the arm that supports the tension wheel. In most cases the wheel doesnot need to be removed to replace the belt. In your case you may need to replace the wheel on the arm and then relieve the tension on the arm while replacing the belt. I hope this helps.
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1 remove battery cables from battery 2 disconnect wires from alternator 3 loosen belt with the belt tensioner it will probly take a 3/8 drive ratchet to loosen the tensioner by putting the end that normaly goes into socket into a square hole in tensioner( just move tensioner far enough to slip belt off alternator pully) 4 remove bolts from alternator 5 put new alternator in place and put bolts in 6 put belt back over pulley 7 plug wires back on alternator 8 reconnect battery
1) disconnect the battery 2) take a wrench and loosen the bolt on the tension pulley which is a small pulley just below the alternator (this will make the serpentine belt loose enough to take the belt off the alternator pulley) 3) You can remove the belt if you want, but it is not necessary, unbolt the bolts from the alternator 4) disconnect the wire from the alternator 5) to install simply follow reverse order. the whole procedure should only take 20-30 minutes.
there is a little stick man illustration sticker under the hood showing how to release belt tension by moving the tensioner arm. if the serpentine belt is still on the lower pulley then put the belt on everything except the tensioner, then move the tensioner arm as needed, put the belt in there and release the tensioner arm. most likely going to need two people to do this.
if the belt has come off the lower pulley then you are going to have to remove the service panel behind the right front wheel and put the belt back on lower pulley, then do as above described. this would be a great time to put a new tensioner, a new serpentine belt, and a new "dog bone" motor mount on as it will all be right there to work on with that service panel out.
I just checked you do indeed have a timing belt.
Sounds like the problem,worth the cost and time to change the water pump as well since your digging into the front of the engine anyway.
The tensioner should be good for another 100,000 miles
Have you taken the belt off yet. The belt is tensioned with a pulley which is spring loaded. Look for a small pulley wheel about 2 inches in diameter. Put a spanner on the nut and move it to loosen the belt.The alternator is a fixed one which has no adjusting arm. Just bolts to secure it. Good Luck
You may have a self tensioner which applies belt tension with a spring.
Look for a spot to put a 1/'2"drive breaker bar on it and release the belt tension, then slide the belt off and install new belt. You may need a helper to remove the belt while you hold the tension off,
Its been awhile since I have seen an Escort, i may be wrong!