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Serpentine broken/ cannot get replacement on

My serpentine belt broke, and upon buying a replacement,and attempting to install, i can't get the alternater to give me enough room to install and upon reading , i am understanding that my car has a tensioner problem. is this why i am having trouble installing ,and could i get some details on what it looks like and the cost of replacement

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  • marissamarro Jan 01, 2009

    what seems to be the problem with the tensioner on 1997 ford taurus

  • marissamarro Jan 01, 2009

    the engine is a 3.0L

  • marissamarro Jan 01, 2009

    configuration for 97 taurus serpatine belt

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    some fords dont have the routin for the belt

  • warlock61
    warlock61 May 11, 2010

    is this a 24 valve?

  • warlock61
    warlock61 May 11, 2010

    what engine do you have?

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The Tensioner is Located at the Top Front of the Belt Routing System. It has A Large Circle that resembles a Doughnut with a Nut or Bolt Head in the Middle of it. Just Below that there is a Smaller Round Pulley that has an Arm attaching the two Together in the Back of them. The Belt will either go over or Under the Second or Smaller Roller. Look at the Factory Sticker Under the Hood for Proper Belt Routing. Get a Ratchet and Socket that will fit the Bolt on in the Middle of the Doughnut Shaped OR First Pulley. It will be Tight But, it will turn left or right and the Smaller Pulley will let Tension off of the Belt for Removal. Let me know if ya got any Probloms!

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

  • Travis Humphries
    Travis Humphries Jan 01, 2009

    Nothing really. Tensioners just get loose over time and need to be Replaced. If it is too Easy to Turn with your Wratchet you may need a new Tensioner.

  • Travis Humphries
    Travis Humphries Jan 02, 2009

    Have you tried to Locate the Routing Sticker Under the Hood? It will tell you Exactly how to Run the Belt.

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Drive Belt Replacement ani_caut.gif WARNING: IF EQUIPPED, DO NOT ALLOW DRIVE BELT TENSIONER (6B209) TO SNAP BACK AS DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY COULD RESULT.
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Drive Belt, Serpentine—Except SHO
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  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE THAT TOOL DOES NOT SLIP FROM DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
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    Drive Belt Tensioner—3.0L (4V)


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    Pulley, Routing—Accessory Drive Belt 3.0L (2V)/3.0L (2V) FF Engine


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  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE WRENCH DOES NOT SLIP FROMDRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
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