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Old 08-31-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Replace fan belts on 1997 Ford 460

i have a 1997 vision mh. it has a 7.5 460hp motor can you tell me how too change the fan belts & where to buy them.
i had new rotors cal. & pads installed can you tell me why the brake peddle is so hard? thanks
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your brake pedal is hard because you are not used to what a good brake pedal feels like most likely.O'Reilly or NAPA can help you with your fan belts,as far as putting them on,if you are clueless (and I don't mean to be rude)then you might better let someone else do it.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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The belts and hoses are a little confusing on that engine. Read through this thread and you will get the right belts and hoses 97 Ford F53 V8 460 Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses be sure to go all the way through.
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your brake pedal is hard because you are not used to what a good brake pedal feels like most likely.O'Reilly or NAPA can help you with your fan belts,as far as putting them on,if you are clueless (and I don't mean to be rude)then you might better let someone else do it.
on the fan belts, someone said i must remove the radiator
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on the fan belts, someone said i must remove the radiator
Not correct, but you need to get fully underneath in a sitting position to get the job done, not easy. I have always been a decent mechanic, but I paid to get it done. Decided I was just too old for all that contortion
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Very important to understand the belt pattern. Take pics or
draw a diagram because the belt can be installed incorrectly
but seem ok because everything is working. However it may be to loose
or the ribbed side of belt may be rolling over non ribbed pulleys. This happened to me but fortunately I noticed and corrected the problem.
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Very important to understand the belt pattern. Take pics or
draw a diagram because the belt can be installed incorrectly
but seem ok because everything is working. However it may be to loose
or the ribbed side of belt may be rolling over non ribbed pulleys. This happened to me but fortunately I noticed and corrected the problem.
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Not correct, but you need to get fully underneath in a sitting position to get the job done, not easy. I have always been a decent mechanic, but I paid to get it done. Decided I was just too old for all that contortion
That's one of the few times when it pays to be a small person(like me)like when I changed my belt, spark plugs and fuel filter.getting into some of those tight places wasn't even easy for me.
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May be some help here:
ford 460 motorhome belt diagram - Bing Images=

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...c=0-0&sp=-1&sk=
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That's one of the few times when it pays to be a small person(like me)like when I changed my belt, spark plugs and fuel filter.getting into some of those tight places wasn't even easy for me.

Yeah, at 6'4" 240#'s 71 years on the clock, you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.
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I think in this case someone built like a monkey would be best. Ie
Very long reach is a benefit.
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For the hard brake pedal did they need to add fluid and did they bleed the brakes? If the old brakes were worn down as pointed out earlier, you will feel a difference, but if the pedal if hard and you don't feel like you have the stopping power you should then there may be air in one of the lines
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Air in the lines would give a soft spongy pedal.

Richard - after I replaced the pads and calipers on mine, the pedal was firm but I didn't have much stopping power. Our first trip out after the new pads and I had to make a quick stop. Major pucker time as I was pretty much standing on the pedal and it just wasn't slowing much. The brakes finally started developing some friction and we came to a safe stop amid smells of HOT brakes.

Ever since then the brakes have been good. Its called "bedding in" the brakes.

BTW, if they didn't flush in fresh brake fluid, you should do that too.
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