TIMING BELT TENSIONER SPINGYNESS - WHEN TO TELL IF ITS BAD? 2.0 LITRE SOHC

  • Tiny
  • adamcritchlow
  • 1999 Ford Escort
  • 125,000 miles

My escort (99, 2.0, SOHC) died the other day, after hours checking it out I discovered that the timing belt was toast (missing a good dozen teeth) - this is a Zero tolerance engine but I check all the valves, and compression seemed good enough, so I figured a new belt was a cheap fix in the slim chance the engine was still good. After installing the belt the engine ran great. I did notice that the tensioner didn't really seem to be spring loaded anymore - I could tighten it with an Allen wrench and it seemed to stay tight but I could also loosen it and it would stick out of the way without using a drill bit to hold it. So - should I replace it? Or is it ok? How much tension should be on it?

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 AT 6:02 PM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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By all means, replace it. It could cause the belt to jump bending valves.

Roy

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