Question about 1996 Mercury Sable
The 15 mm that is on the tension pulley is not to be taken off. put the bolt back in snug. put the 15mm back on it and pull upwards on the bolt/pulley and that will remove the tension fro the belt enough to remove the belt. and do the same thing to install the new belt. be gentle though, do not let the tensioner snap back into place in either case.
Posted on Sep 23, 2008
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Turn off the engine and place the transmission in park (automatic) or first gear (manual). Engage the parking brake and open the hood. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery terminal using the battery terminal wrench.
Remove the serpentine belt by inserting the end of the serpentine belt tool into the square hole on the belt tensioner and rotating the removal tool clockwise. Unplug the alternator's electrical connector. Remove the bolt holding the positive voltage cable to the alternator using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket. Remove the positive voltage cable from the alternator.
Remove the alternator bracket bolts using a metric socket connected to a 3/8-inch ratchet. Remove the alternator from the car. Place the new alternator in the mounting brackets and reinstall the mounting bolts using a 3/8-inch ratchet connected to a metric socket.
Reinstall the positive voltage cable on the alternator and tighten the retaining nut using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket. Plug in the alternator's electrical connector. Compress the serpentine belt tensioner using the serpentine belt tool. Reinstall the serpentine belt according to the belt-routing diagram located under the hood.
Reconnect the negative cable to the battery using the battery terminal wrench. Start the engine and verify that the alternator works.
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