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Old 02-17-2009
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01 2.3 timing belt

im about to do some spring cleaning on my 01 2.3 5spd,and at 127k im going to get the timing belt done with a few other things,just getting prices on the parts now and do i need to replace the timing belt tensioner when i do the timing belt?parts america had the tensioner and a component kit listed for it,is there anything else i should replace while im down there i plan on driving this truck forever,it has a new radiator and thermostat with plugs and such.questions comments concerns appreciated,thanks.
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no one has any comments on the ranger timing belt?
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i would buy i gates or motorcraft belt and tensioner and do it yourself. I cant remember on the 2.3, im having a brain fart, but if the water pump is driven by the belt like a 1.9 and 2.0 are, replace it as well.
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well for anyone that reads this,just fyi.

if you have the 2.3 in a 2001 it does not have a timing belt. that engine is a 16 valve engine that has a timing chain with no need to replace.

Are the spark plugs In the center of the valve cover? if so you have a chain.

If the plugs are not in the center of valve cover, you have the older engine. A 2.5L single cam engine wirh 8 plugs and the timing belt.
If this is your engine replace the belt, tensioner and water pump along with 8 plugs and wires.

2001 was a transitional year from the 2.5 to the new 2.3
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