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Dont know how to put the new fanbelt on

I have bought a new fanbelt for my explorer but I dont know how to fit it

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If you open the bonnet and look to the left hand side you will see the jockey wheel that keep the belt tight tight. It has a square 3/8 inch fitting in it, put in a rachet of that size and take the tension off. Your belt will now lift off all the pulleys easy. If I was you I would make a simple drawing before you actually take off the drive belt as it runs over a number of pulleys and if you do the drawing easy to fit the new one on.

Once you have old one off fit new one and take the tension off with the rachet as you did prior to removing use your drawing to fit it correctly. I would also make sure your jockey wheel is fine prior to fitting the new belt listen for any rough bearing noise from it when you spin it.

Make sure you get the right belt from a ford dealership asthe length is critical of the new one even one a little shorter wont fit, dont be talked into buying one that seems nearly the right length, it must be the Ford one and the right length.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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