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How do i refit my alternator belt - 1998 Ford Escort

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    What is the problem with the belt? There should be a diagram under the hood on the routing of the serpentine belt. They are cheap enough (20-30 dollars) that replacing them every 50,000 miles should be a fairly simple process. I don't know how tight the engine compartment is on the escort, but I have replaced the one on my Marqis without a problem. After looking at the one on my '93 Mercury Topaz, I had someone do it for me...That ran about 60 to 75 dollars.



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Hi there! Locate the tensioner screw beside the alternator itself. Loosen the screw and push the alternator until the belt is tight. Then tighten the screw.

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