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Identify the belt tensioner pulley on 1998 Ford Windstar 3.8 L

Belt worn out, ripped apart, bought new belt. Need to loosen off the belt tenioner pulley to put on new belt. Need to tighten belt.

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Its on the lower part of the engine....It was much easier for me to jack the van up and take the the front passenger side tire off..... and I used a 13mm wrench to grab the bolt on the tensioner to push up and then had my daughter put the belt on while I was pushing the tensioner...........of course you can buy a tensioner wrench at a local part store, but I just like to do it the "old shade tree mechanic way!!!"

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There is a tensioner that normally holds the belt in place there should be a diagram under the hood showing how the belt goes back on normally it is a 3/8 socket or 1/2 inch socket you use on the tensioner to release the pressure once you put the belt back on and everything is in place and the belt tensioner is working all you have to do is start up the car and the belt tensioner adjusts itself

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