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Serpentine Belt on a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2

Hello WildBill
I have to replace the belt idler pulley on a 1999 Ford Escort Zx2 and I need help on the steps to replace the idler pulley and also, how to adjust the belt tensioner to position the S-belt back on around the eight pulleys. Well I'd appreciate it very much if you send me an answer/or a copy of the .pdf formatted Service Manual if at all possible.Thank you.

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  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2008

    not sure how to reinstall serpentine belt on a 99 ford escort zx2

  • hunngggry Aug 12, 2008

    I replaced the serpentine belt on my '01 zx2 but when I satarted the car the tensioner pulley came off... not the bolt, or the washer, no berrings, just the shiney casing part... and I did follow the diagram and double checked it befor I started the car! So, what do I do noew???

  • aubertwiels Oct 29, 2008

    I have the same problem, mi'n serpentine belt schreds i have replaced it twice but it still makes strange noise and afther 3 days schreds.



    Plaese i need help.

  • ruriksoverei Nov 13, 2008

    I just replaced the single serpantine belt on my 9 zx2 and my God! could Ford make it any more difficult?? I had to get a special serpantine tool to get slack in the belts to get it on the last pully.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    need belt diagram for 99 escort gt 4 cyl

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    serpentine belt need to be replace do i have to repllace te idler pulley aswell

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    have tried everything i know

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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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How do you loosen the serpentine belt on a 98 ford explorer

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Hey Joe!
I've sent you links to free downloads of Ford Shop Manuals and a serpentine belt / pulley diagram... If you have any problems, you kwow where to find me!
-WB

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Hi there yes these belts are quite tricky to replace even if your a licenced mechanic because there is to many opptions on how to position belt around pullies well in the hood or on the rad shroud there is a diagram of the proper routing for the belt there is a drawing of the belt around the pullies for a truck with air con and in the same diagram there is an option for belt routing for a truck with no air cond now to replace the tensioner you must use a 16 mm wrench on the bolt that holds the tensioner onto the engine and there is a bolt for pulling down tensioner so new tight belt can be installed easier . remove old tensioner and install new one dont forget to put a drop of loctite to the bolt on the new tensioner because this part is under heavy vibration so it will not loosen up and fall off leaving you stranded . good luck with this project

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