How to Replace the Serpentine Belt on a 2001 Ford Escort


The 2001 Ford Escort has one complete serpentine belt instead of three different belts. The serpentine belt controls all of the main accessories on the front of the engine. The serpentine belt has ribs in the inside of it that travel inside of the grooves on each pulley. Once the serpentine belt starts to crack, it will need to be replaced before it breaks.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • 17 mm socket
  • Replacement belt
  • Open the hood on the Escort and locate the serpentine belt routing diagram. The belt routing diagram on the 2001 Ford Escort is located on top of the plastic fan shroud that covers the radiator. If you do not see the diagram, take a notepad and pen and sketch out the exact routing direction of the old belt to use when routing the new belt around the pulleys.

  • Locate the serpentine belt tensioner on the front of the engine. The belt tensioner on the 2001 Ford Escort is located directly under the power steering pump and above the air conditioner pump. The belt tensioner has a 17 mm bolt head in the center of the pulley.

  • Turn the belt tensioner clockwise with the 17 mm socket and 3/8-inch drive ratchet to relieve the tension from the belt.

  • Remove the belt from the tensioner pulley. Finish removing the belt from the remaining pulleys and remove it from the engine compartment.

  • Route the new belt around the bottom crank shaft pulley first. Then route the belt around the remaining pulleys. Leave the belt tensioner pulley for last.

  • Turn the belt tensioner clockwise again. Slide the new belt around the belt tensioner pulley. Release the belt tensioner so that it can tighten the belt around the pulleys.

  • Inspect the belt to make sure that it is around all of the pulleys. Crank the engine.

  • Inspect the belt again, while the engine is running, to ensure that the belt is seated inside of the pulleys.

Tips & Warnings

  • The serpentine belt part number for a 2001 Ford Escort is: Dayco-DY5060855.

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