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Hello all
I’m trying to change a timing belt on my ‘97 ranger with the 2.3.
I’m having trouble getting the bolt out. My impact won’t move it
Anyone have any imput?
 


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brace a breaker bar against the top of the drivers side frame rail or the bottom of the passenger side frame rail then bump the starter, it'll come out...
 

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Pull the fuel pump relay first for the love of god.
 

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I've been adventurous... trying to spare people other similar adventures.
 

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Good call, pedal to the floor for clear flood mode should stop it from running as well.
 

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Good call, pedal to the floor for clear flood mode should stop it from running as well.
Belt was broke so I diddnt bother with the relay. The breaker bar trick worked! Thanks!
Now the belt is on but I can’t get all 3 timing marks lined up at the same time with the belt on. Do they need to be perfect?
 

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Yes, if I remember correctly you need to start it a tooth off before releasing the tensioner because the tensioner moves it a tooth. Someone make that into a coherent sentence I'm tired...
 

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Allow me to translate from Dirt-enese to English...
Yes, the timing marks must line up. Sometimes you have to line one or more of the marks up a little shy of dead on and allow the tensioner to pull the marks into place. You may have to try it a few times to get it dead on, if it’s your first time doing a timing belt.
 

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Allow me to translate from Dirt-enese to English...
Yes, the timing marks must line up. Sometimes you have to line one or more of the marks up a little shy of dead on and allow the tensioner to pull the marks into place. You may have to try it a few times to get it dead on, if it’s your first time doing a timing belt.
Yes this is my first time. I’ve tried it several times but one or the other is off a bit. I’ll keep trying until i get it right. Thanks
 

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It’s been a long time since I did a timing belt on an old 2.3l...
IIRC, there is a triangle and a diamond on the pulleys. Make sure your trying to line the correct symbol up. (That may only be on the older ones)
 

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It’s been a long time since I did a timing belt on an old 2.3l...
IIRC, there is a triangle and a diamond on the pulleys. Make sure your trying to line the correct symbol up. (That may only be on the older ones)
Ok thanks
 


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