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Loose timing belt

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Boyce Rampey, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Boyce Rampey

    Boyce Rampey FEOA Member

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    Long story...my timing belt tensioner bearing failed after only 25000 miles. So I installed a new tensioner only. The belt is tight, but after a short drive, I find the belt very loose. Problem has gotten progressively worse. Now I can redo the belt and timing, reset the tensioner, start the engine and it will be loose after running 10 seconds. I tried another new tensioner with same result. What gives?
  2. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    What brand of tensioner are you using?
  3. Boyce Rampey

    Boyce Rampey FEOA Member

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    First was from advance, GMD I think, latest one is from NAPA, it is a Gates..
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Do the timing marks line up when it gets loose?
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    Boyce Rampey FEOA Member

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    It did actually jump time once. But I have driven a total of maybe 80 miles with it super loose and it has stayed in time. But, I don't think I can continue to temp fate.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Some members here have switched to the 2nd gen tensioner. You could try that. You’ll need the 2nd gen water pump too. You’ll need a newer second gen pump though. I think the older early ones had a different tooth design or something
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The tooth design was only different for the very early 2nd gen Escorts - like they made in 1990 for the 1991 production model. The belt had squared off teeth, so had sprocket teeth to match - i.e. the crankshaft driving sprocket, the water pump and the camshaft sprockets. The change was in early 1991, like as of April 1st I think. After that the Escorts all used a belt with rounded teeth, and the three sprockets to match.

    I dont know anything about 3rd gen tensioners though.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    When my tensioner was loose in my 99 sedan, this is what it sounded like:



    We put a new tensioner on it and it was fine afterwards. It might have been a junkyard tensioner, I can't remember.
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    Bad belt? U didn't change the belt, yea?

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