Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 122700 miles
I'm planning on replacing the timing belt myself when the weather breaks. My question is when installing the new belt how do I put it on without moving the camshaft? I did read that its supposed to installed at the crank 1st and the other pulleys. That's my biggest fear since I don't want to throw it out of time. If I do mistakenly move it does it matter which way I turn the cam to reline it?
Another question is the tensioner is spring loaded like the drive belt tensioner? I read up that you can move it with a allen wrench without loosening the bolt and put the drill bit in to keep it in place.
Last question is when I take off the crankshaft pulley, will the engine turn to the left a little? I keep hearing that if you turn it that way, it can cause damage. When I do get the pulley off, can I put the bolt back in to line up the marks?
This is my 1st time ever doing a timing belt since i'm mechanically inclined on most other general repairs so that's why i'm asking all of these questions. Thanks in advance.
Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 2:03 PM