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I have a 97 escort, 2.0 SPI. WHile under the hood, I noticed my belt tensioner was shimmying back and forth with about 1/2 -3/4 inch of travel. Does anyone know if this is normal. On my other vehicles, the tensioners stay fairly steady.
 

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do you mean from side to side like the belt would fall off, or just getting more and less tense?
 

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that is either a sign of a bearing about to go (you would hear squealing or chirping too) or just a belt that could use replacement.

for reference, my belt tensioner in my 99 sedan doesn't move at all.
 
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