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How to replace drive belt tensioner - 2006 Ford Freestyle

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  • thomas mcelhenie Feb 11, 2012

    tired to gain access by removing over flow tank and windshield washer tank. didn't work still no access to tensioner. how about remove rt wheel and fender liner or from underneath?

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No idea with this american vehicle or try a direct question to emmisionwiz as hes a ford dealer fitter but i often find that if i jack vehicle up the remove the wheel and then the inner wing plastic thing and then put a jack under the engine and then remove the engine support that hold the engine up by the head at the front of the engine and then lower the engine its accessable ,please remember that iam a europeon mechanic whos never seen this vehicle .

Posted on Feb 11, 2012

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SOURCE: cant find drive belt tensioner bolt to loosen serpintine belt

The serpentine belt tensioner / pulley is on the front of the engine, and part of the belt 'routing'.

Its job is to put tension on the belt as it drives the other devices like the power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor.

It is an aluminum casting that mounts with a single bolt to the engine. The pulley is attached to the arm.

There are a few ways to move / pry the arm inwards, thus releasing the tension on the belt for removing/installing: grab on the pulley bolt (15mm?) with a wrench, or some later models have an opening for a 3/8th socket wrench to attach to directly without a socket.

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