I have a question about my daughter's 99 Ford Escort. It's a 4-door
sedan with a 2.0L engine, manual shift transmission, power steering,
and no air-conditioning.
She was driving it the other day and noticed a vibration while at a
stop light. Instead of pulling over and shutting it off she tried to
drive it home. She heard a couple of pings and the engine stopped
running. We had it towed home and I found that all but one of the
bolts holding the power steering pump pulley had come loose and fallen
off. The belt on the pulley looks pretty chewed up and the pulley
itself is hanging by a single bolt.
So, my question is what's it going to take to fix this? Although I've
worked on several cars over the years, mostly older V8s, I'm not
really a mechanic. This thing doesn't look like I'd even be able to
fit my hand in there anywhere! So, should I take it to a real mechanic
and pay to have it fixed, or is this something that I can do myself?
What's involved in replacing this belt and pulley?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.