Need to know how to remove the crankshaft pulley on a '97 Ford Escort? You should remove and replace the crankshaft pulley when the vehicle shows signs and symptoms of a cracked or damaged pulley. The signs and symptoms of a cracked or damaged crankshaft pulley include vibration, a loud rattle, power steering issues, alternator problems and a host of other problems.
To remove the crankshaft pulley on a '97 Ford Escort, you will need:
- An impact gun
- A hammer
- A wrench
- An extension bar
- A 13mm socket
- A ratchet
- Locate the crankshaft pulley. The pulley should be on the lower right-hand side of the '97 Ford Escort motor.
- Remove the serpentine belt, located in front of the crankshaft pulley of the '97 Ford Escort motor. Use a 13mm socket with a ratchet.
- Use an impact gun to remove the center bolt holding the crankshaft pulley. If you do not own an impact gun, use a wrench with an extension bar to allow more leverage. The crankshaft pulley should slide right off; if it does not easily slide right off, tap it with a hammer. Using a puller should not be necessary.
A crankshaft pulleys' main function is to regulate the alternator, power steering pump, water pump and air conditioning compressor. A cracked or damaged crankshaft pulley requires immediate attention in order to continue to allow the '97 Ford Escort motor to run and drive efficiently, consistently and smoothly. Removing and replacing a crankshaft pulley is a job that is easily accomplished by an able do-it-yourself mechanic with time and patience. Purchase a new crankshaft pulley at an authorized Ford parts dealer.