To this effing f ing day, ford still has tapered nonsense, when a key is way more bullet proof in long run. Ford, for reason pretty much know, they do it thier way, want to remove wiper, remove engine, proceed to step 2.Broke a New Britain harmonic balancer puller trying to remove that puller from a 55 Ford V-8, read that Ford was
Ever wonder why they do thing the way they do? Belt versus a chain, huge difference, a chain should us an adjustable Just to take up the play placing a minimum load radial loads on the components it rotates.
Belt so it won't slip needs lots of tension so it won't slip and they are constantly flexing, typical tensioners are placing over a hundred pound on force, that goes on all the component, the water pump, alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor, idler pulleys and tensioners.
Weakest link in these systems is the water pump, typically a bronze bearing that wears, has a seal the shaft is rattling in to cause it to leak, lose coolant, aluminum head cracks and that is the end of it. By the way they don't use aluminum because it saves weight, only a couple of pounds, its just a lot cheaper but can't tell that from the sticker price.
Since all the components are located on the outside, a chain receives constant engine oil lubrication that is changed every 5000 miles or so, belt driven components use what I like to call, very limited lubricated ball bearings. Sure don't want cheap China grease with non-hardened ball bearings, grease dries up, bearing seizes, breaks the belt, and with an aluminum head that will crack if heated an extra coupler of degrees, will be left stranded in some God forsaken place.
O4 Cavalier was not to bad PS pump was driven by the rear camshaft, water pump by the timing chain, with no tensions of that pump shafted, no problems, just the alternator and AC compressor were driving by the belt. You can drive a vehicle without an alternator, but not without a battery and losing AC won't kill you.
One thing they did not do was use a sprocket to take up the slack, used a slide instead, had to be replaced after 100k. Darn good engine, but after seven years, body was crap, rocker panels rusted out from the inside, with a dip in the center of the car. Could but new panels but nothing left to weld them unto.
Should take a poll on this, how many people are willing to pay two bucks extra for a fuel pump access plate so you don't have to drain and drop the tank to replace that POS fuel pump?