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Robert K
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From: Nashville, TN
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posted 10-18-2003 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 10-18-2003 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

Do you have the old belt off yet?

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Robert K
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posted 10-18-2003 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 10-18-2003 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I replaced the belt on the 2.3 in my '88 Mustang a while back. I think I remember a square hole that I could use with a breaker bar. Or was that on something else?

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KULTULZ
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posted 11-11-2003 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry I missed this post. Anytime you guys need a called for special service tool from a shop manual, they are available from -OTC/SPX CORP.-

The Tool No. T74P 6254-A has gone to Global No. 303-097 and has a suggested list of 45.99.

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