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Old 12-06-2010, 16:12   #1 (permalink)
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I'm working on this escort for my neighbor trying to help them out. The serpentine belt keeps coming off. The crank pully seems to be wobbling pretty good. It smooths out as you rev it up. Also, it's leaking atf from the power steering pump getting on the belt. It's the fitting on the bottom (pic attached). I pulled the line off and replaced the o ring but it's still leaking between the nut and tube. When it's all the way tight there is still some play between the tube and nut which I don't understand why. Thanks
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Does anyone know if there is a non serviceable o ring or seal between the nut and tube? I was thinking about just replacing that part. I'm not sure which one it would be in this link. It's a dohc.

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I'm working on this escort for my neighbor trying to help them out. The serpentine belt keeps coming off. The crank pully seems to be wobbling pretty good. It smooths out as you rev it up. Also, it's leaking atf from the power steering pump getting on the belt. It's the fitting on the bottom (pic attached). I pulled the line off and replaced the o ring but it's still leaking between the nut and tube. When it's all the way tight there is still some play between the tube and nut which I don't understand why. Thanks
Hello and good day!

You said the "Crank Pulley" is Wobbling?? even at Idling speed between 800rpm's an 1000rpm's??

You should have no Play in that Nut going over the tube to the "O" ring...did you seat the Flare from the tube flush into the power steering pump?

Look I would just replace the entire Line...from the pump to the rack-and-pinion:

Go to Rockauto.com

If the Serpentine belt is still coming off it's the PS fluid...

The Wobbly Crank has me really concern...This sounds like you may have some Bearings going bad....

You may also consider replacing that Timing Belt SOOOONNN!!!.
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Hello and good day!

You said the "Crank Pulley" is Wobbling?? even at Idling speed between 800rpm's an 1000rpm's??

You should have no Play in that Nut going over the tube to the "O" ring...did you seat the Flare from the tube flush into the power steering pump?

Look I would just replace the entire Line...from the pump to the rack-and-pinion:

Go to Rockauto.com

If the Serpentine belt is still coming off it's the PS fluid...

The Wobbly Crank has me really concern...This sounds like you may have some Bearings going bad....

You may also consider replacing that Timing Belt SOOOONNN!!!.

Yes, I believe that it was the crank pully that is wobbling (bottom one). This car has over 250k and I think the engine is on it's last leg. Maybe a mechanic could make it last longer. This use to be my wife's car and sold it to our neighbor. He thinks I'm a mechanic..............

I think they did replace the timing belt. He also wants me to replace the water pump that is leaking. Personally I would take this car to the junk yard.
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LOL...Good Point!
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Thanks for the help. I got the water pump and new power steering line installed. This car is throwing a p1381. I found this info on the code: ERROR CODE P1380,P1381 HOW TO FIX THEM? - Yahoo! Answers

It says under the inspection check for excessive cranshaft end play. Like I said above it does wobble at lower rpm but I can't feel any play in it. So is this most likely the cause. I might just tell him to take it to a mechanic.

edit: He is just going to take it in and have them fix it. I really don't want to mess with the car anymore. It's a PITA to work on.
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Thanks for the help. I got the water pump and new power steering line installed. This car is throwing a p1381. I found this info on the code: ERROR CODE P1380,P1381 HOW TO FIX THEM? - Yahoo! Answers

It says under the inspection check for excessive cranshaft end play. Like I said above it does wobble at lower rpm but I can't feel any play in it. So is this most likely the cause. I might just tell him to take it to a mechanic.

edit: He is just going to take it in and have them fix it. I really don't want to mess with the car anymore. It's a PITA to work on.
LOL..If that Crank is loose, and the set pin is gone I would also...

Other than that how does the car run at normal operating speeds?
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LOL..If that Crank is loose, and the set pin is gone I would also...

Other than that how does the car run at normal operating speeds?

The car runs pretty good. It does seem to have a rough idle. In the link above they mentioned this related to the code:


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The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) may be illuminated and Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) P1380, P1381, P1383, and/or P0340 may be stored in memory. The vehicle may also have a rough idle or reduced power condition, and/or may stall at an idle.

Anyway, not my problem anymore.
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