1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair
2. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open
3. Check Belts - Determine the proper amount of 'give'
4. More Info. - Additional thoughts on checking the belts
The video above shows how to check the belts on your 2009 Ford Focus - if it gives more than a half inch when pressed, is cracked, frayed or appears shiny, you should change it (or have it changed) immediately. Worn belts in a Focus are one of those things that can cause a lot of problems if ignored, while typically being fairly cheap and easy to replace. Check out our parts page for coupons on new belts for your Focus!
The belts in your Focus connect your engine to many of the components you use every day such as your air conditioner, battery (via the alternator), power steering and cooling system. As such, you may experience a dead battery, difficulty steering, overheating, etc. that might be due to a worn belt, not a faulty component! If your Focus is one of those Fords that shrieks horrendously when it runs, you likely have a worn belt, bad tensioner or both.
Hans Angermeier is an ASE certified Maintenance and Light Repair Technician and has produced over 100,000 videos showing drivers how to fix things on their cars. He has broad expertise on basic repair procedures covering the majority of cars on the road. Over the past 10 years, Hans has been focused on building CarCareKiosk, which is visited by millions of drivers each month.
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