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I have a 1991 Ford Tempo. The engine is sideways and about a…

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I have a 1991...

I have a 1991 Ford Tempo. The engine is sideways and about a 1/2 inch clearance for access to the belts. My water pump belt broke. How do I get more access to the engine and replace the belt.

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Ford Mechanic: 6Bucs, Ford Senior Master replied 8 months ago
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Hello and thank you for your question. My name is James.

You can put a floor jack with a block of wood underneath the engine oil pan and unbolt the engine mount from the body, then raise the engine as needed until you have sufficient clearance to access the belt.

James.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Wow! I'm just a driveway mechanic. I thought there might be an easier way. That type of equipment I don't have. Maybe it's a better idea to take it in and have all the belts changed at the same time?
Ford Mechanic: 6Bucs, Ford Senior Master replied 8 months ago

They make a low profile serpentine belt tool for getting into tight spaces for about 20 and up, but it's half an hour labor at whatever your local shop rate is to replace both belts, probably around $60 for installation if you'd rather not hassle with it. James.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Sounds like too much for me. I think I'll just take it in and have all belts replaced at the same time. Thanks. You were honest and I appreciate that.
Ford Mechanic: 6Bucs, Ford Senior Master replied 8 months ago

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