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  1. Fitting Alternator Belt

    The alternator belt on my mk3 1.3 recently snapped, i noticed when the temperature was up really high so pulled voer. First thing.... obviously the temperature didnt just shoot up immediately when the belt broke, i imagine it would take a few minutes? Am i right in assuming that as the car was still running fine when i pulled over then there shouldn't be any major damage due to overheating? or can the engine seize after cooling down? i'm pretty sure it should be ok as the car was behaving completely normally other than being very hot but thought it would be good to get a second opinion... Next thing... is it easy to replace the belt... i have had a look and there is a belt in the way of the pulley wheel that drives the belt, is this the power steering belt perhaps? and also is there a particular way the belt goes or does it just loop around the drive, water pump and alternator pulleys? If anyone could give me any advice on if its a simple job or if i should steer clear of it that would be great. if it is a simple job if you could let me know a basic procedure that would be great, im fairly profficient with the tools so hopefully i can figure most of it out if its not too demanding. Thanks, Matt
  2. Hi, Hopefully someone can help me out! My mk3 Fiesta has recently just failed it's mot on one item! A lower suspension arm bush. As it's cheap i decided to just change the suspension arm, when removing this arm i was pulling around in the area (trying to get some room so pulled the strut a bit) and the drive shaft seemed to pull out (gearbox end) a bit more than it should and doesn't seem to want to go back how it was. and now the brake disc is facing out rather than forward. Is it possible i have pulled the drive shaft out? i can't see because of the gaiter. Could i of actually broken anything by just pulling? If i have pulled it out is it possible to simply push it back in without removing the other end of it? maybe take the cable ties off of the gaiter to see whats happening, re-align and simply put back in and replace the cable ties? or will i need to remove the other end as well to be able to align the splines properly? A prompt reply would be great as i would like to do this tomorrow morning! Thank you in advance! Matt
  3. Welcome to the Ford forums Tucker1990 :)