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In an effort to do as many basic repairs myself, I am attempting to replace the serpentine/drivebelt on my wife's 97 2.0L wagon.

The trusty Haynes manual makes this seem like a 5 minute repair. Unfortuantely my big ol' man hands can't seem to squeeze in there to do it. Any advice on making this less difficult?

If it was my Neon, I'd just go in through the wheel well, but that doesn't seem to be an option on the Escort.

Please help!

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Robert
 

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Even though I have made this kind of replacement on my and other escort many times, at times that happens to me for some mysterious reason, what id is take off the black plastic that covers the under side of the engine, from the top I accommodate the belt as much as possible leaving some down under to place on the damper first then A/C, later finish it from the top ending on the alternator as it more easy to open tensioner and place the last part of belt on the alt.

That is how I do it when my hands don't fit for some reason.
 

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My wife is gonna love this

Oh boy. More fun.
I'll give the attack from below approach a try.

I forgot to mention I am doing this in my apartment parking lot & only have a OEM jack.

Wish me luck.

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When I replaced my belt I used a yardstick and shoved it down around the crankshaft pulley from the top. After that it a breeze. I think it took all of ten minutes. Getting it lined up was the only tricky part but even that was not especially tricky.
 

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Still workin' it

The attack from below has been about 90% successful. I have the belt mostly in place. It just needs to go around the alternator and it's being a b***h.

I'm gonna try the yardstick trick.

Either that or grow an extra set of hands.
 

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Just pull the fenderwell guard out... only takes a few minutes, and makes it easy if you are having a hard time with the belt. I usually do this route, as I have big hands as well.
 

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use a 3/8" ratched to move CW the tensioner, don´t take it out, a good tensioner keep the pressure.

re-rute the new belt, start from the bottom, the final pulley is the alternator, move the 3/8" CW and put the belt in the aternator pulley, release softly the ratched, and that´s all, check the belt on every pulley, check the alligment and start the car
 
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