Starter "clicks" but will not start.. Had starter tested, it's fine
The serpentine belt broke on my 2000 ford escort ZX2. We replaced the belt, and then car wouldn't start. Starter would click, but nothing else. Had the starter tested, it's fine. Any suggestions to what else it could be?
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Pull the upper timing belt cover, just some 8mm bolts, and verify the if the engine is turning or not. If the timing belt breaks it will sound like the engine is spinning faster with the starter than normal. The great thing is that these engines are non interference and will not suffer valve damage if the belt breaks. If the engine is not turning with the starter then you have a bad solenoid in the starter and it will have to be replaced. You can check my profile for information on how to do the timing belt yourself if it comes to that.
Click on the following free direct Link. It has the correct Serpentine/Drive Belt Diagrams for your 1999 Ford Escort ZX2, 2.0L DOHC In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine. The Link says 2000 for the Year, however this is the same as the 1999 Year Model.
2.0L Engines See Figures 11, 12 and 13 The
accessory drive belt for 2.0L engines has no provision for manual belt
adjustment, since these engines use an automatic belt tensioner. Drive
belt slack is taken up by the automatic tensioner. Movement of
the automatic tensioner assembly during engine operation is not a sign
of a malfunctioning tensioner. This movement is the tensioner
self-adjusting and is required to maintain constant belt tension. The belt tensioner has a belt length indicator. If the indicator marks are not between the MIN and MAX marks, the belt must be replaced. Fig. 11: Drive belt routing-2.0L SOHC engine with A/CFig. 12: Drive belt routing-2.0L SOHC engine without A/CFig. 13: Drive belt routing-2.0L DOHC engine