Question about 2002 Ford Mustang
How do you release the tension on the belt in order to replace it
I don't have an 02, and ford used a few different style of tensioners, however There is usually a hex bolt in the middle of the Tensioner pully. Putting a wrench on this bolt, and turning it should pull the tensioner away from the belt. I have also seen tensioners that have a little square block sticking out of the spring housing, putting an adjustable wrench on the block will allow you to pry the tensioner out of the way.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
Here is a diagram http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_information/tec_info/2002/ford/mustang/2002_ford_mustang_drive_belt_routing_diagram.htm
its pretty simple use a wrench/hex which ever applies to the nut that on the tensioner some vehicle have a regular bolt type and some have a hex. Just follow illustration and push on tensioner using proper tool and release tension and belt and the belt will come and replace using the routing diagram I provided. Good Luck and Thanks for using FIX YA contact if you need more help.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You can run down to your local auto parts store and buy a serp belt tool. Or you can take a 3/8 drive ratchet, locate the 3/8 square hole in your tensioner and put the ratchet in the hole. For more leverage I put a deep socket over the ratchet handle and put a long 3/8 extention in the deep socket. This will provide ample leverage and will save buying more tools you do not need. Simply move the tensioner to the direction that takes pressure off of the belt.
Posted on May 24, 2009
Forget trying to get at it from the top, go underneath. Take off the plastic shroud inside the passenger side fender. It's held to the frame by three bolts (10mm?) and a couple of quick fasteners. Once it's out of the way you can see and work fairly easily. I did not need to jack. Locate the flat pulley, it's obviously the tensioner. Loosen, but do not remove, the nut in the center of the pulley. Then locate the bolt head on the end/tip of the bracket that the pulley is mounted to. That is the adjuster. Loosening that bolt loosens the belt and vice versa. The power steering belt tensioner is very similar. Enjoy yourself!!
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
SOURCE: help replacing serpentine belt
Hello jclevvtx. There are a couple of possibilities with your belt problem. The first one is the belt tensioner. Sometimes these will get worn or will seize up partially not allowing full travel to take up the full tension needed. They should move freely and have no noticeable sideways movement. When checking these I use the tool and push against the tension feeling for binding as I go. If you do, replace the tensioner assembly. Next is double check you have the proper belt length, it should be the same as what you took off. There is no room for error, they must be the proper one. Next is double check the routing (ask me how I know ;) ha ) . Sometimes I think I had it the same way and end up going to the diagram to verify it. I hope this leads you to solve your problem. If you would like more assistance with this leave a comment and I will return your question. Thank you for using FixYa ! KL
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
Testimonial: "Thanks for your help. I went back and checked the routing of the belt again, and sure enough that was the problem. Well I had like 4 different diagrams and non were exactly like what actually on the car. One was close if you held it at a 45 degree angle. lol. Thanks alot. I was just about to start pulling it apart. "
You may need that tool I cant think of the correct name rigth now but usually its leftie loose righty tighty! How doesw your tension release look?
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
Testimonial: "It has a start bolt on it -I managed to slip the old belt off and the new one on. The belt is slightly lose now"
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