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Serpentine belt how to replace it on a 2002 escort? how do I get enough slack in the belt to get it back on after replacing the idler?

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There will be a small pulley that is attached to usually an aluminum arm. This arm has a rectangular slot in it. Place a 3/8 inch drive breaker bar or ratchet. Apply pressure to the wrench and the pulley and the arm will retract. This will allow enough slack to slide the belt over the tensioner pulley. Make sure the ribs of the belt are lined up on the pulleys before starting the vehicle.Good luck.

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