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Old 01-05-2014, 10:13   #1 (permalink)
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97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

I can't get the slack out of timing belt when the timing marks are lined up on 97 Escort SOHC. Any suggestions?
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re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

Even with tensioner adjusted , still play ?
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re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

This might help you re. tensioner .

How do you adjust the timing belt tensioner?? | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)

Ford Escort SOHC timing belt replacement - Mechanical Database

1999 Ford Escort Timing Belt Questions on the 2.0 SOHC
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re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

when putting on the belt on the 97 escort, I can't get the slack out of the right hand side(non tensioner side). releasing the tensioner with slack on the right hand side does not remove the slack.
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Re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

double check you have the correct (size) timing belt for your application.
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Re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

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Re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

when the timing marks are lined up I can't get the slack out of the right hand side(non tensioner side)from the crank to the cam, the teeth just don't line up right to get the slack out. There is no way the belt will stretch enough to make it tight. I can rotate the crank gear counter clockwise a bit and get it tight then release the tensioner and it will stay tight, but the marks don't line up when I roll it through twice. I have the correct belt.
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Re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

Your putting the belt on wrong. very hard to go blow by blow on the net. Read the manual. You have to take up all the slack on the non tensioner side first and let the
tensioner take up the rest. Good luck
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Re: 97 Escort SOHC Timing Belt Tensioner/Slack Problem

Also, barely "sliding" the edge of the belt on the three pullys to start can help. Keepin the tension on the non- tension side like the fella above said...a extra set of hand goes a long way if you can get them to listen to ya.... hope I helped a little...good luck
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