I am needing some input from anyone who has ever replaced a timing belt on
a Ford Ranger 2.3 litre engine. Though the tensioner has a torsion spring,
it appears it is necessary to boost the tension a bit more while
restraining the cam sprocket and rotating the crank a few more degrees in
order to get all the marks to line up. Then tighten down the tensioner
I did this and the motor ran more responsive than it was under only the
spring tension where the cam mark was a bit early in relation to other
My concern is how tight is too tight?? Will the belt stretch to a more
desireable lenght with use??
It would be difficult to overtighten it unless you really go nuts with
a long pry bar. You would have to work at it. The spring by itself will
not exert enough tension. Use a prybar. The belt should be installed
with the side opposite the tensioner pulled as tight as you can get it
and any needed slack initially on the tensioner side so the tensioner
will tighten it up properly.
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