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1996 ford windstar 3.8 belt tensioner removal=Is the bolt threads regular and backwards?

They'res not enough of room to remove the 'pulley' bolt,its hitting the chassis i think.My question is,which way does the ''tensioner'' bolt turn to loosen?

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SOURCE: Serpentine Tensioner for 2000 Ford Escort ZX2

normally you can take a 1/2inch breaker bar and insert it in the hole on the tensioner pull down and take the belt off the alternator and also try to see if they have your car listed for diagrams pictures and step by step instructions if your car is not listed then try your local library they have all the car manuals and even copy them for you

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Belt Tensioner located on 2000 ford Escort zx2

On the right side of the pulleys, there should be 3 top, middle, and bottom. The middle, smaller one, is the tensioner.

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SOURCE: How do Install a serpentine belt for a 1995 ford f-250

use a 15mm socket to loosen the tensioner,the bolt isnt supposed to come out but the tensioner turns,turn it enough to pull the belt off the alternator then there is enough slack to work with it.

Posted on May 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Cannot find the tensioner pulley to put my alternator back on

The smooth rounded tensioner pulley has a 1/2 inch drive recessed ratchet drive fitting in the outer side of it. Reach down and feel it with your fingers and insert the ratchet drive into it. Look around the underside of the hood and engine bay for a small diagram showing the belt, pulleys and tensioner.

This pulley is either a slider or a spring loaded pulley. If it is a slider, there will be one or two bolts with "slide" areas that the bolt can move through, and possibly a third bolt that controls the tension. If it is a spring loader, there will be a pulley that looks like it is on a lever. There will be a "bolt" type head, a hole for a ratchet, or a square area on the end of the lever to twist it away from the belt. If it is one of these, the belt tensioner will move relatively easy.

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SOURCE: Identify the belt tensioner pulley on 1998 Ford Windstar 3.8 L

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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    Unplug the alternator remove ground to motor.
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    4 out of 10 difficulty.
    Only special tool you will need is a wrench long enough to pull back the tensioner.
    See the radiator support for location of tensioner and serpentine routing.
    While its off, i would suggest replacing the belt too.

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