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I'm trying to replace the serpentine belt on a 2002 ford escort zx2 but i can't seem to locate tensioner pulley


It may be like this:

"I just installed a belt on a 1998 ZX2 and used the tension release tool from underneath the car (safely jacked up and blocked) You should remove the right front wheel and plastic splash shield from wheel well (10mm socket). Use the tensioner release tool from underneath and rotate it towards the rear of the engine until you meet the lower heater hose. At this point, have another person use a tire iron / long screw driver, etc. to jam the tensioner pulley in place in order to get another "bite" on the tensioner pulley center bolt (use 13MM socket on the tool) You should have the entire belt pre-routed except for the AC pulley. This is the easiest one to install the belt on once tension has been released. Check for any looseness on the other idler pulleys as well as component pulleys."

Good luck! (rate if useful!!)

Dec 23, 2010 | 2002 Ford Escort

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Zx2 ford escort pully tensioner need to know where to lossen trying tpo change alternator


Use a 13 mm wrench and turn the tensioner bolt like you are trying to tighten it. This will swing the arm away from the belt and release tension. The tensioner is just above and between the a/c compressor pulley and the crank pulley.

Jul 17, 2010 | 2002 Ford ZX2

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Need 2001 ford escort zx2 DOHC engine information, belt diagrams


The tensioner is between the a/c compressor and crank pulley, below the power steering pump. Use a 13 mm wrench to 'tighten' the bolt in the center of the pulley and it'll move to release tension off the belt.

Jan 25, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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We changed the alternator and can't get the belt back on,,,,help.


Have you attached a socket and bar to the belt tensioner, and released the tension on the belt, which will allow you to slip the belt on? I'm not sure of the exact set up on the Escort, some engines are more difficult than others to get a wrench on the tensioner, you can purchase a special tool if there is not enough room (if you purchase the belt from a parts store, many will loan you the tool). The special tool has a long thin handle for easier access to the bolt, and the long handle provides good leverage to easily move it.

Dec 13, 2009 | 2002 Ford Escort

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Do you have a way to find the route for a 1993 Ford Escort Serpentine Belt?


FOR A 1.9L ENGINE. CANT SEND PIC, START BY PUTTING BELT OVER ALTERNATOR PULLY,THEN TO THE RIGHT OF POWER STEERING PUMP PULLY FROM THERE TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE IDLER PULLY , THEN UNDER THE A/C COMPR PULLY AND UNDER THE CRANK PULLY RELEASE TENSION ON TENSIONER BELT GOS UNDER TENSIONER.

Nov 04, 2009 | 1993 Ford Escort 4 Door

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1996 ford escort


Only thing to know really is when you're retensioning the new belt is adjust the tensioner so you have about an inch of movement on the longest run between pulleys. Any tighter and you put too much strain on the bearings any looser it will squeal. If it does squeal just tension it a little more til it stops. Might need tensioning again after a few miles because it will stretch a bit.

Sep 05, 2009 | 1996 Ford Escort 4 Door

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Im trying to replace my serpentine belt on my 98 ford escort ZX2,How do I do this,any diagrams available and which pully is the tention one


There will be a tensionor pully, that is a pulley that is connected to an arm that is spring loaded in order to produce tension on your belt. By releasing tension on this pully, you can remove the belt. The pulley will have a way to do this using hand tools. Most have either a bolt head you can grip with a pry bar and the appropriate size socket, some have a square hole where the socket - drive pry bar will fit directly, but the age old plain pry bar can be used by itself to release the tension. This should be done with two people if possible, one to release the tension while the other removes the belt...
Here is a link to the diagram of your serpentine belt layout... http://www.mvreader.com/multiview/dayco/zoom.php?zoom_item=C0002R&l=n&catalog=auto&category=2

Aug 31, 2009 | 1998 Ford Escort

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Battery being drained and alternator already been replaced


have you checked your drive belt and the tension pully ? it sounds like the belt is'nt turning the alternator fast enough to supply the battery

Apr 13, 2009 | 1998 Ford Escort

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Serpentine Tensioner for 2000 Ford Escort ZX2


normally you can take a 1/2inch breaker bar and insert it in the hole on the tensioner pull down and take the belt off the alternator and also try autozone.com to see if they have your car listed for diagrams pictures and step by step instructions if your car is not listed then try your local library they have all the car manuals and even copy them for you

Mar 21, 2009 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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Alternator Replacement


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!

Oct 02, 2008 | 1998 Ford Escort

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