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I've dealt with it long enough, I have a VERY audible annoying squeak coming from the engine at idle, I know it has to be the accessory belt, is there a way to tighten thit or should I just get it replaced?

Thanks for any input

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FordBoy4ever said:
mine just started doing that to and i noticed that when i depress the clutch it goes away
Don't leave your clutch depressed when sitting at stoplights. You'd rather deal with the noise and see the amount of stress this puts on your clutch/pressure plate. Leave the clutch engaged in nuetral when you're at a stop.[/quote]
 

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95EsortSittinLo said:
fan belt?!? :?
Escorts use electric fans, not belt driven fans. I also have to say replace the belts, they're 10 bucks. Mine were squeaking like crazy, had them changed and no more squeaking...although my car did bounce and jerk uncontrollably..turned out my intake tube was torn. 8O
 

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damnit you're highjacking his thread. and no I won't be your daddy. your daddy is a rich mofo, he just sold his priceless icecream truck thing. Beg him for cash.

Change the belts change the belts! hurrrrrrrrrry!! you'll be happy that you did. I think when I had Hires change mine it was like 60 bucks total. :D
 

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and anyways....you should leave your clutch engaged and your gear in 1st whenever you are waiting on a redlight...you'll be greatfull one of these days when a fat ass truck coming from behind ya and unable to brake fast enough cauz there is ice all over the place ...you will have to react quickly and if you have this discusting habit of picking your nose while waiting on a redlight..well....you'll be even more greatfull!!!

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yeah well with my trannprob i end up holding it in for some lights like going up hill b/c i dont want it to not be engaged into gear and roll into the person behind me but i try not to do it alot. It just adds more wear and tear to it. and keep in mind it doesnt kill your clutch but the throw out bearing. which is a very vital part to the would assembly
 

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Electronikal said:
and anyways....you should leave your clutch engaged and your gear in 1st whenever you are waiting on a redlight...you'll be greatfull one of these days when a fat ass truck coming from behind ya and unable to brake fast enough cauz there is ice all over the place ...you will have to react quickly and if you have this discusting habit of picking your nose while waiting on a redlight..well....you'll be even more greatfull!!!

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Id be freaking greatful because i would get insurance money up the wazoo when he hit me and i would get some of the dents removed from my car. and given thats would be a good defensive driving stratagie (sp?) but its at your expense when you have to pay for the worn out parts to be replaced. i keep it in neutral and watch the lights going the other way and when they turn yellow i pop it into gear most of the time....

and whats wrong with picking your nose???
 

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Alright, alright, everybody. Few things to say.

First of all, I'm sure that myself and many others would appreciate it if the whole james/sittinlo saga would be kept to PRIVATE MESSAGES. I know that james doesn't want to start any sh*t and same goes for sittinlo, but we honestly don't want to have to sort through all that garbage in a thread when we try to figure out what has and hasn't already been said. I think I've killed that enough to make my point.

Next, you should NEVER use your clutch to hold your car on a hill. I've heard stories of people smokin out their clutches in one fell swoop that way, so use your brakes.

Also, there is law and there is practicality. When at a stoplight, from practical and mechanical view, it's much better to have your transmission in neutral and your clutch connected to the flywheel then your tranny in first gear and the clutch disengaged. as you all know, it puts tons of stress on the hydraulic system that operates the clutch and will lead to failure over the long run.

By law, however, (at least in new york state) it says that you have to have your transmission in gear at all times. This means in first, with the clutch disengaged. This is precisely because if somebody came rolling up behind you and you needed to get out of the way you could do so quickly by just dropping the clutch.

Ahem... back to the ORIGINAL problem....

I'm not familiar with the belt layout on the EGT because I honestly haven't taken them off yet, however I will be doing that within the next month when I replace the timing belt on one of my escort GTs.

Usually (almost always) a squeaking sound is due to a TENSIONER PULLEY. Ford has the nasty habbit of spec'cing crappy pulleys on their engines, and even though Ive never seen this problem with escort GT's, my mother's taurus wagon had a heck of a problem with squealing.

here's what she did. She brought it into a shop and told them that it was squealing. They replaced the timing belt. She got it back, and it was still squealing. So she said, wtf, and then she brought it back to them and they replaced the timing belt AGAIN. (man these guys are morons). Anyway, needless to say, when she got it back for the second time, it was still squealing. So she called me up and said "greg, wtf!!" So I said it was probably the tensioner pulley. Anyway, I call up the shop, tell them that they are incompetent ********, and I make them revoke all charges they had on my mother and then do the tensioner pulley work for free. Surely enough, when it came back to her, the squealing had stopped.

So anyway, I'd suggest first pulling off the belt. Check for glazing of the belt, etc. The haynes manual will tell you all about conditions for the belt and why it would have to be replaced.
Then check for play in the pulleys. I asked for the pulley that the shop pulled off my mom's car and I checked it out and it was really bad. About a quarter inch of play around the central axis. Yikes.

Anyway, my suggestion is checking all the pulleys. i wish I could point you to a particular pulley, but I'm not overly familiar with the belt setup on the EGT.
 

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just replace your belt(s) and your tensioner pully.. they're both real cheap.

and when your'e at a stoplight, leave your shifter in nuetral and take your foot off the clutch pedal.. your pressure plate and TO bearing with thank you.
 

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Yes, please don't pick your nose while driving, especially if you have airbags (hopefully a few of you will make that connection).

On a stupider note, I'm one of those people that have screwed their clutches while trying to hold a hill. I always thought you were supposed to do that. That is until I was on what seemed like a good 70 degree incline and kept having to try and work the clutch more and more. Once the light turned green and I got up over the hill I had no clutch left :/ Luckily it cooled off in the McD's parking lot and I was able to drive it. I have yet to replace the clutch, trying to decide if I should go with an $80 stock replacement from autozone, or a high performance clutch.
 
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