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  • 98 1/2 - 99 Contour 2.0 Zetec By-Passing the A/C Compressor Pulley

    Hi
    I just installed a timing belt kit on the wife's 98 1/2 -99 2.0 thanks to all the great How Too post on here , plus the discount from here at Rock Auto .
    I don't like the feel of the A/C Compressor Pulley and want to by-pass it for a couple of months till I can install a new compressor ( Bone Yards are $ 75. to $ 100. with 140 + miles on them ) I have also read that the by-pass pulley kit's break ?
    I read the many threads here on the subject , and picked up a 790K6 belt ( 78.94 in. ) , it is Way Too Big , the stock belt is just shy of 83 in. .
    I was just wondering if anyone had a number for a by-pass belt ? I would wrap a string on it ,but it is pouring out here and I wanted to try and finish up without 1/2 a dozen trips to Auto-Bone in the morning .
    Thanks
    Bob

  • #2
    Check this out - http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...pass+belt+size

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    • #3
      Thanks for the heads up , I had found that thread last night .
      I tried the 680K6 belt this morning , its still too long , heading out to pick up a a by-pass pulley just to have it , as I can all ways return it on Tues. with the holiday weekend coming up plus the rain , I would rather be safe then sorry .
      Bob

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      • #4
        Smart - very smart thinking on your part (safe then sorry)!! Keep us posted.

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        • #5
          Just called the guy I got the car from as I knew he had a" parts car " in the back yard , Mystique V-6 and according to the " Similar Threads " below , his A/C won't fit , but I can have the 15 in Brake Assembly and wheels . :D
          So I will just install the Car-Quest Pulley between the rain drops tomorrow ( I really miss my shop ) , it was a lot more $$ then Auto-Bone & Advance , but looked like better quality .
          Bob

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          • #6
            Keep us posted!! Good Luck!

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            • #7
              I bypassed my Belt last summer do to the compressor locking up and leaving me stranded, the size of the belt with the AC bypass was to long. The dummies at Auto-Zone said that, that's happened in the past when people tried bypassing their AC compressor,(having the wrong size) I had to go back to Autozone (45 Minute drive one way) and got a belt 2" and 3" shorter then what they side I needed. I believe I used the 2" shorter belt and returned the other one. That was done last August, haven't had any problems since. Hope my experience is helpful. I have a 1999 Zetec, but my motor is from a 1998.
              Mikey
              00 SVT CONTOUR #1363 Built Date 1/7/2000 Black/Tan 137k
              99 Contour SE Bought 10-2003-Sold 04-2017
              08 Ford F-150 Limited #357/5,000
              93 Ford Thunderbird, 07 Dodge Ram

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              • #8
                Hi Mikey
                Thanks for the heads up , I am only 10 min. and 15 min. from two Auto- Bones and I only use them as a last resort on Sunday's and Holidays , as My prices from Car Quest are Usually Better on Hard Parts .
                I did end up using the By-Pass Pulley with the Original Belt , and it tracks perfectly .

                As to the timing belt , I just used a 3/8 extension to find TDC on # 1 and the Back of The Cam Tool from Massive Speed with a little typewriter white out to mark the Crank Pulley and Top of Cam's ( made it real easy to stop close to TDC every time ) .
                The car runs Great , the only problem is an Oil Leak dripping from somewhere on the front of the motor ( 1 qt. every 100 mi. ) , and I can not see where it is coming from without removing a few parts . LOL I can see the sides and back of the Valve Cover and there dry ( Camshaft Seals leaking down the front ? Oil Pan Gasket ?) . I have had the valve cover off a couple of times , and found the # 4 spark swimming in oil ( Fel-Pro Gsk. ) so it is leaking to the inside chamber . So I have just ordered the Victor one for $ 10.00 more then the Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gasket I used .

                For the Record , My timing belt didn't break , but I believe it jumped time , as I only found 1/4 of the bushing inside the timing belt tensioner .

                The other question I have , with around 600 mi. on the new belt , the first 300 mi. it rode in the center , then it moved to the inside , now at around 600 mi. it is on the outside of the pulley ? but it has never gone past the edge , just runs right on it .
                Bob

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                • #9
                  Im not sure what would cause that, are you talking about the Serpentine belt?
                  Mikey
                  00 SVT CONTOUR #1363 Built Date 1/7/2000 Black/Tan 137k
                  99 Contour SE Bought 10-2003-Sold 04-2017
                  08 Ford F-150 Limited #357/5,000
                  93 Ford Thunderbird, 07 Dodge Ram

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                  • #10
                    Hi Mikey
                    No it's the " New " Timing Belt , it is running right on the outside edge of the pulley's , instead in the center of the pulley's .
                    According to notes in the forum , if the belt moves to the outside , it is too tight .
                    Just waiting for my " Goodie Boxes " to arrive from Rock Auto , so I can run it without the belt and stick my mirror and light in there to search for the source of the oil leak before replacing the Idler Pulley .
                    Bob
                    Unless it an emergency , or someone else's car LOL , I have been ordering my parts from Rock Auto since Advance Auto Parts Bought Car Quest , the Wholesale Prices have Really Jumped , they use to be with in pennies of Rock Auto .
                    Ex. For a 2000 Toyota Camry 02 Sensor I just changed .
                    Denso ( O/E ) # 2344137
                    Rock Auto $ 49.89 Ordered Thurs. @ 4:00 , Received Sat. @ 11:00 am normal postage
                    Advance Auto $ 109.99 Special Order
                    Car Quest was $ 149.00 One Day
                    O'reilly $ 81.99 Special Order
                    I charged my neighbor $ 100.00 ( and I get to keep the paid for special tool set and $ 15.00 )

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                    • #11
                      I have no clue when it comes to timing belts, mine went out at like 130,000 miles, (100k) on motor, I had it fixed at a shop. I'm hoping I don't have to worry about it going it going out the rest of the cars life lol
                      Mikey
                      00 SVT CONTOUR #1363 Built Date 1/7/2000 Black/Tan 137k
                      99 Contour SE Bought 10-2003-Sold 04-2017
                      08 Ford F-150 Limited #357/5,000
                      93 Ford Thunderbird, 07 Dodge Ram

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                      • #12
                        Hi Mikey
                        It really isn't that bad if You watch some of the videos that are out there , pick out the one or two good ones , and read up on the how too change a timing belt articles . Dayco's , ZX2Fast's , and 2 CarPro's .
                        http://www.2carpros.com/questions/fo...lt-proceedures
                        http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...lt-Replacement.
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTHscKUeopg
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzL7u9TZ3WY
                        Once you put it up on stands , remove the passenger side tire and inner fender panels and motor mount , it isn't too bad of a job ( two to three hours ) .
                        I don't move as fast as I use too , but working as a Diesel Truck Mechanic for 9 1/2 years , A " Road Mechanic " for a large Air Compressor Company for eight years covering All of New England ( Mills, Ski Areas ,Quarry's etc. ) maintaing there portable fleet , plus owning my own compressor company since 1987 might of helped me understand what I was doing LOL .
                        Bob

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                        • #13
                          I don't move as well as I used to either lol, I would probably try to attempt do it, with the right supervision when the time would come again. (I'm hoping I wouldn't have to). It would defiantly save a lot on labor cost
                          Mikey
                          00 SVT CONTOUR #1363 Built Date 1/7/2000 Black/Tan 137k
                          99 Contour SE Bought 10-2003-Sold 04-2017
                          08 Ford F-150 Limited #357/5,000
                          93 Ford Thunderbird, 07 Dodge Ram

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                          • #14
                            I don't see how your old bones would be bothering You ?
                            As I see You are from the SOUTH . LOLROF
                            When we head out in the direction of New Mexico , Colorado , Arizona , Colorado , and Utah , I will try to remember to throw the timing tool in the Maxi-Van .

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                            • #15
                              I'm 29 next week- it's the freezing cold winters that ages me quicker lol
                              Mikey
                              00 SVT CONTOUR #1363 Built Date 1/7/2000 Black/Tan 137k
                              99 Contour SE Bought 10-2003-Sold 04-2017
                              08 Ford F-150 Limited #357/5,000
                              93 Ford Thunderbird, 07 Dodge Ram

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