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Bolt size for 1999 Ford Contour tension pulley

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I've never done a belt with a tension pulley, believe or not. How do i release this tension? 96 Ford contour automatic 2.0

I cannot tell from the photo exactly, but the tensioner is either the pulley between the water pump and alternator or the one between the alternator an the power steering pump. The tensioner is a spring-loaded device that puts an upward (or downward) pressure on the belt to take up the slack. Here is a picture of the tensioner for your car....

26001823-2qxw3km0vcnqu3setvnduoab-2-0.jpg You need to find a wrench (or socket) to fit that will fit the bolt in the center of the pulley. Attach the socket wrench to the bolt and apply rotational pressure in the direction that will pull the pulley away from the belt. This will remove the tension from the belt. Then take the belt off. Route the new belt in accordance with the diagram. Ensure that you do it correctly, because improper installation can sometimes be done and this can cause some pulleys to rotate the wrong direction which can cause damage. Typically, if the pulley has grooves in it, the ribbed side of the belt will run on it and if it is smooth, the back side of the belt will run on it. Once you have the belt on all the accessory pulleys, the release the tensioner pulley to allow it to take up the slack and inspect for proper operation and routing.

Dec 10, 2015 | Ford Cars & Trucks


How to change the serpentine belt on a 1999 Ford Contour, 4 cylinder, dual over...

The following will provide you with instructions on how to change the serpentine belt on a 1999 Ford Contour 4 cylinder with a dual overhead cam. I recently changed mine,so I thought I would share the knowledge. This should also apply to 1999 Mercury Mystic 4 cylinder since they are basically the same type of vehicle.

The main problem you will encounter is working space because the serpentine belt is located on the side of the engine on the passenger side.
You can use a socket and ratchet, to take tension off the tensioner pulley which the socket will either be size 12mm or 13mm. The following is a tool that is specially designed to change these belts and will make the job much easier. It will usually come with open ended wrench parts and sockets. You should only need to use the long bar.

You can purchase this tool at most auto parts store or even rent it for the period of time you need it and then return it to receive your money back. I used Auto Zone.

The following is a picture of the serpentine belt:

The belt I purchased was in stock and the average cost was $34.00 dollars. When you go to the store to purchase the belt it is important to know the make and model of your car, the number of cylinders, if it has a dual overhead cam, the engine size, and if it is connected to the air conditioner or if it is different, and year. This will ensure that the store will give you the proper size belt.

One person can do this, but it makes it much easier if you have someone help you. One can place the belt, while the other helps hold the belt in place and apply the pressure needed to release the Tensioner pulley.

It is important to see how the belt is configured before you remove it or have proper diagram for the vehicle you are working on if it is not the specific make and model in this tip. For safety purposes it is also important to remember to let your vehicle cool down completely before attempting to replace the belt due to burn hazards.

You will pull the tool towards the front of the vehicle in order to release the tension. It will not usually take very much pressure to release it enough to remove or replace the belt. Be very careful that you ensure that the proper size socket is used to avoid rounding off the bolt or slippage.

The following is a diagram of how the serpentine belt is configured.

Once you have taken off the old belt and started to replace the new one, you must ensure that the belt's grooves fit properly on each pulley and that it is not overlapping. The grooves on the belt should align with the grooves on the pulleys. I found it easier to get all the lower pulleys first and then worked my way up. I put the belt under the idler pulley last as pressure was applied on the tensioner pulley.

GEN=is the alternator.
TEN=is the tensioner.
WP=is the water pump.
PS=is the power steering.
A/C=is the air conditioner.
IDL=is the Idler pulley.

Things you want to look for to give you an idea of when it is time to replace your belt are: Cracks, Tears, the car squeals when you first start it because the belt is slipping, Dry Rot, the grooves are worn down or have tears in them, etc.

I hope this tutorial will help you fix your serpentine belt with ease.

on Aug 17, 2010 | Ford Contour Cars & Trucks

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I have a 98 Ford Contour SE the automatic belt tensioner for the serpentine belt went out I bought the part and a new belt. How do I replace the part and belt?"

You need to 'unload' the pressure on he old tensioner by rotating it away from the center of the engine to releve the tension on the old belt-once you remove the old belt, the tensioner is bolted to the front of the engine, you remove the tensioner and bolt up the new one-then, thread the new belt (diagram is under the hood on a sticker) to all pulleys excert the very top one, and use a 1/2 drive rachett on the 1/2 inch square on the tensioner arm to move the tenisoner torward the center of the engine-this will give you enough slack to install the belt on the last remaining pulley.

Jun 22, 2011 | 1998 Ford Contour

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What size screw is used to mount the tensioner pulley on a 1999 ford taurus

No screws

There metric bolts

If you have the metric sockets & wrenches,
you just try some on what you want to lossen
or whatever.

Obviously if you have to ask for a bolt size,
you either have no tools or experience

May 22, 2011 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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How do you replace the serpintine belt on a 1998 contour?

Open the hood and locate the belt tensioner. The serpentine belt drive is located on the front of the engine on the passenger side of the engine compartment. The spring-loaded belt tensioner on the 1998 Contour is located slightly to the left of and below the water pump pulley
Release the tension on the belt using the serpentine belt removal tool. On vehicles equipped with the 2.5 liter V-6 engine, snap the 3/8 inch-drive adapter onto the removal tool. Slip the tool into the square, 3/8-inch hole in the end of the tensioner arm. Rotate the tensioner clockwise to release the tension. While holding the tensioner back, remove the belt from one of the pulleys. Release the tensioner, remove the belt from the remaining pulleys and pull it out of the engine compartment
Snap a13 mm socket adapter into the belt removal tool for the 2.0 liter, four cylinder Contour. Place the tool onto the 13 mm bolt that holds the tensioner pulley to the tensioner arm and rotate the tensioner clockwise. While hold the tensioner back, slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Release the tensioner, slip the belt from the remaining pulleys then remove it from the engine compartment
Route the new belt around the pulleys, according to the belt routing guide. The belt routing guide on the 1998 Contour is located on a decal on the left (passenger side) strut tower. If this decal is missing, or unreadable, the belt routing guide can also be found in your service manual. Rotate the tensioner pulley one more turn to allow the new belt to slip under the tensioner pulley.
Check the belt for proper alignment on the pulleys. It should lay flat on the pulley and not overhang the edges. If the belt must be repositioned, release the tensioner and reposition as needed.

Sep 18, 2010 | 1998 Ford Contour

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I am trying to release belt tension on 1999 taurus. it is standard engine and when i turn bolt clockwise it seem to add tension but when i turn it counterclockwise the bolt loosens what should i do? Is...


Nov 27, 2009 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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I need to get the timing on my 1999 Contour correct. I had to replace a tension pulley and now the timing is off.

what kind of engine 2.0 or 2.5 24 valves? o check the 8th vin if you wanna now the rigth engine type

Oct 20, 2009 | 1999 Ford Contour

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Waterpump belt

you have a serpentine belt, which is one belt drives all, so the routing of this belt is very specific also it matters whether or not you have a/c. Locate your belt routing chart under the hood before beginning. There is a tensioner pulley mounted on a spring arm, the spring arm should have a square drive hole in it, either 3/8" or 1/2" drive size you will need a ratchet of the proper size to insert into this square hole. Using the ratchet move the tension arm (away from belt) to loosen the belt and remove, route and install the new belt and move tensioner the same way place the belt over it and release. Hope this helps, let me know

May 16, 2009 | 2000 Ford Contour

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Needing schematics for timing belt on a 2000 se

Removal & Installation

2.0L Engine
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable Spark plugs Catalytic converter Right front wheel Right inner splash shield Accessory drive belt and idler pulley
  2. Rotate the crankshaft to Top Dead Center (TDC) and install Crankshaft TDC Timing Peg T97P-6000-A.
  3. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the peg.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Water pump pulley Valve cover Crankshaft pulley Timing belt covers
  5. Install Camshaft Alignment Timing Tool T94P-6256-CH into theslots of both camshafts at the rear of the cylinder head to lock thecamshafts into position.
  6. Loosen the timing belt tensioner bolt and relieve the tension onthe timing belt by disconnecting the tensioner tab from the timingcover back plate.
  7. Remove the timing belt.

    0900c152801e2a75.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Crankshaft alignment position-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

    0900c152801e2a76.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Placement of Camshaft Alignment Timing Tool T94P-6256-CH-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

    0900c152801e2a77.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Timing belt tensioner index marks-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

To install:

NOTE Always replace the timing belt after loosening or removing it.
  1. Install the timing belt.
  2. Engage the timing belt tensioner tab into the timing cover back plate.
  3. Adjust the timing belt tensioner until the index marks are aligned. Tighten the tensioner bolt to 17-20 ft. lbs. (22-28 Nm).
  4. Remove the camshaft alignment tool and the crankshaft TDC peg.
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Timing belt covers Crankshaft pulley. Tighten the bolt to 81-89 ft. lbs. (110-120 Nm). Valve cover Water pump pulley Accessory drive belt and idler pulley Right inner splash shield Right front wheel Catalytic converter Spark plugs Negative battery cable
  6. Start the engine and check for proper operation.

Apr 08, 2009 | 2000 Ford Contour

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Need a timing scamatic for a 1998 ford contour 16v Zetec ct 2.0l

All Vehicles
  1. NOTE: Rotate the crankshaft clockwise.
    Rotate the crankshaft to TDC on cylinder No. 1.
NOTE: Cylinders No. 1 and No. 4 are at TDC when the Woodruff key points straight up.
Remove the blanking plug, completely screw in the special tool and auto-align the crankshaft to TDC.

  1. Position cylinder No. 4 to valves overlap" and install the special tool.
  2. Hold the camshafts by the hexagon using an open-ended wrench and turn them in the direction of engine rotation.
  3. Slide the special tool onto the ends of both camshafts.
swp~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not kink the timing belt (do not bend the timing belt less than a diameter of 35 mm).
swp~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not rotate the crankshaft; as necessary check that it is still resting against the timing pin.
NOTE: Design with lower idler pulley shown (built up to 06/1999).
NOTE: The lug of the belt tensioner should not be hooked in the sheet metal cover during timing belt installation.
Position a new timing belt in place.
  • Starting from the crankshaft timing belt pulley and working counterclockwise, position the timing belt in place while keeping it under tension.

  1. swp~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not rotate the crankshaft; as necessary check that it is still resting against the timing pin.
    NOTE: Design without lower idler pulley shown (built 06/1999 onwards).
    NOTE: The lug of the belt tensioner should not be hooked in the sheet metal cover during timing belt installation.
    Position a new timing belt in place.
    • Starting from the crankshaft timing belt pulley and working counterclockwise, position the timing belt in place while keeping it under tension.
  1. NOTE: Incorrect timing belt tension will cause incorrect valve timing.
  2. Pre tension the timing belt.
  3. Rotate the tensioner locating tab counterclockwise and insert the locating tab into the slot in the rear timing cover.
  4. Position the hex key slot in the tensioner adjusting washer to the 4 o'clock position.
  5. Tighten the attaching bold enough to seat the tensioner firmly against the rear timing cover, but still allow the tensioner adjusting washer to be rotated using a 6mm hex key.
CAUTION: Tension the timing belt, working counterclockwise. Using the hex key, rotate the adjusting washer counterclockwise until the notch in the pointer is centered over the index line on the locating tab (the pointer will move clockwise during adjustment).

While holding the adjusting washer in position, tighten the bolt
NOTE: Hold the intake timing belt pulley with special tool to stop it from turning.
Tighten the timing belt pulleys.
  1. Tighten the intake camshaft timing belt pulley bolt.
  2. NOTE: Hold the exhaust camshaft by the hexagon with an open-ended wrench to stop it from turning.
    Tighten the exhaust camshaft timing belt pulley bolt.
  3. Remove the special tool.
    • Install the blanking plug.
  4. Remove the special tool.
  5. NOTE: Hold the camshaft by the hexagon with an open-ended wrench to stop it from turning.
    Tighten the exhaust camshaft to stage 2.
    1. NOTE: Turn the crankshaft two revolutions in the normal direction of rotation.
      Check the valve timing by inserting the special tool. Correct it, if necessary.
      • Screw in special tool 303-574 and make sure that the crankshaft is touching it.
      • Insert special tool 303-465 into the camshafts; if necessary loosen the timing pulleys and correct the camshaft alignment.
      • Detach the special tools.
    1. NOTE: Use a new blanking plug.
      Install the blanking plug on the exhaust camshaft pulley.

Mar 10, 2009 | 1998 Ford Contour

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