95 ford escort serpentine belt problems

Asked by Apr 10, 2015 at 02:25 PM about the 1995 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My girlfriends 95 ford escort wagons belt
shredded and i had to replace it. There were
some peices stuck in the pulleys but i
pulled all of them out but the car wont go
any faster then 35 and when i push the gas
pedal all the way to the floor it revs to about
half of what its hoghest then loses power
and goes all the way back down and it
continues to do this as i have my foot all
the way down on the gas pedal. Is it
possible maybe its a sensor or what please
need help this car is her everyday driver
and she works two jobs.

9 Answers


Did you check to see if all pulleys were free spinning and that everything turned smoothly? The belt shredded for a reason

I tried spinning the pulley connected to the oil pan and it spins but then gets harder to spin


Check all the connections, the shreaded belt might have cut a wire or damage another component. Why did the belt shread, was it worn? Maybe there is an issue with one of the pulley bearings?

All the pulleys are free spinning except the pulley going to the oil pan could that be a bad bearing sorry i dont really know much about this car im ised to working on my 85 camsro

And i think the belt was just worn none of the wire connectors are busted either


The lowest pulley won't spin freely because it attached to the crank shaft.

Thats what i thought now do you think it could have somthing to do with the timing?


If the car fires up and idles good, the timing is just fine. Have a scan done to determine what else is going on.


Wait, you said "I tried spinning the pulley connected to the oil pan and it spins but then gets harder to spin " That would indicate the lower crankshaft pulley is loose and when you spun it, you tightened it. Put a wrench to it and make sure it is torqued correctly. That could be the reason the car won't go over 35 if the timing mark is wrong. Better check the crank bolt first, then check TDC. If it is correct, then time the car again.

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