posted 10-18-2003 01:43 PM
I'm changing the timing belt on my 93 Ranger with a 2.3L engine and I'm having trouble releasing the tension on the belt tensioner. Supposedly there is a special tool you're supposed to use (T74P-6254-A) or the book says you can use a pry bar but the pry bar approach isn's working and I can't find the special tool anywhere. Does anyone have experience with this ?
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posted 10-18-2003 03:53 PM
I recently changed the one on my GF's Taurus and it was a bastard. I used a prybar. I could get a wrench on the bolt for the tensioner, but there wasn't enough room to get my hand in there to move it far enough. I just had to find the right combination of beers and swear words.
posted 10-18-2003 09:30 PM
I got the old belt off with no problem. It was putting the new belt on that was a PITA. I couldn't figure out how to release the tensioner. After I walked away for a while and came back, I took a big screwdriver and got the correct angle to take the tension off so I could get the new belt on. I've changed timing belts before but this one is ridiculous the way the A/C compressor and p/s pump bracket are all in the way. I still say a chain is the way to go; I don't care how much weight savings or cost the manufacturer claims. This is not the place to save on either.