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1999 Ford Escort "Cool" 2dr Coupe ZX2 Cool

1999 Ford Escort
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Subcompact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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October 17, 2012, 12:48 pm

Shane Z

Question: How do i tell what size of a belt i need without using power steering pulley?

i have a ford escort zx2 and my power steering went out about a month ago but i kept driving my car until eventually it built up enough tension to snap the pulley off of the power steering pump. and now i want to find out what size of a drive belt i will need if i were to just not connect it to the pulley at all and have no power steering so my alternator will charge my engine. thanks.

October 21, 2012, 8:14 am

Ron W
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You'd have to take a piece of string and wrap it around the pulleys in the configuration you want, then measure the string..

I would not recommend driving without the power steering as you will have weakened steering capabilities and this could result in a possible safety issue while driving.

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