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Pulleys that are loose or a bed tensioner. Mine ended up being the tensioner pulley was loose and wobbling pretty bad.

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Replace serpentine belt



Removal & Installation

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


To install:
  1. Route the belt over the pulleys making sure all the grooves in the pulleys and the belt line up correctly. Refer to the accessory belt routing section of this manual.
  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


To install:
  1. Route the belt over the pulleys making sure all the grooves in the pulleys and the belt line up correctly. Refer to the accessory belt routing diagrams above.
  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.
If for any reason, the tensioner is crooked, replace it!!! Also, install the belt with the writing facing you like you are trying to read a book. This WILL (a trick I learned at Mercedes) prevent even a new belt from squeeling!!

Dec 16, 2010 | 2003 Ford Explorer

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I need to replace my serpateen belt how do i do that?


This label shows the accessory belt routing on a Lumina with a 3.1L engine



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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the drive belt shield.
  3. Fit a 3/8 inch breaker bar or ratchet to the square hole in the tensioner. Lift, or rotate the tensioner off of the drive belt. When the tension on the belt is removed, slide the drive belt from the pulleys.

To install:

  1. Taking care to follow the proper routing of the belt, slip the belt onto the pulleys. As a help, note that the water pump pulley is usually driven from the back (smooth side) of the belt.
  2. Fit a 3/8 -inch breaker bar or ratchet to the square hole in the tensioner. Lift, or rotate the tensioner and, with the belt in place, gently release the tensioner.
  3. Verify that the belt is correctly routed and aligned in the proper grooves of the accessory drive belt pulleys. Inspect the drive belt length scale on the drive belt tensioner for the proper indicated length. If the drive belt length scale does not indicate the proper installed length, the belt may be incorrect, incorrectly installed, worn out or the tensioner may be defective.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable. Start the vehicle and verify correct operation.
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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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1999 neon making a loud screeching noise under hood passenger side


It sounds like you have a belt or pulley problem, or possibly a bad bearing in the alternator, or water pump. I would suggest, having it looked at, by a mechanic right away.

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How do i change the drive belt on a 97 Mirage


To change the drive belt you will need to find the tensioner pulley justt loosen the bolt /nut in the center of the pulley and then wind the pulley slider down usually located on the back side of the pulley. wind it down until you can slip the belt off. if the is 2 belt say for instance power steering and ac etc remove the outer belt first the power steering pump may have the tensioner on it same concept though. loosen nut/bolt and unwind til the belt slip off the pulley. remember to disconnect your battery because its better safe than sorry. Good luck!

Mar 08, 2010 | 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage

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How do you change the drive belt to alternator on a 1991 subaru xt


just loosen alternator bracket adjusting bolt push down alternator slip drive belt over alternator drive pulley.when done installing new belt lift up on alternator to increase tension on belt.if alternator drive belt tension correct from longest span of belt take thumb press on drive belt should get 1/2 inch deflection once correct tighten alternator bracket adjusting bolt.

Dec 23, 2009 | 1991 Subaru XT6

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Nissan altima 2003 how to change engine belt


TO REPLACE DRIVE BELT YOU LOOSEN DRIVE BELT ADJUSTMENT BOLT SLIP THE BELT OFF THE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY AND REMOVE IT. IF YOU GOT A 2.5L ENGINE YOU HAVE TO ROTATE THE BELT TENSIONER TO RELEASE TENSION ON THE SERPENTINE DRIVEBELT.YOU NEED A HAYNES MANUAL.IT WILL SHOW AND TELL YOU HOW TO ADJUST DRIVE BELT AND MEASURE THE DRIVE BELT DEFLECTION USING A STRAIGHT EDGE RULER.

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1985 ford bronco 11 has loud sqeeling noise after 15 minutes of running


sounds like you have a defective accessory drive belt or a locked up engine cooling fan clutch whioch causes the belt to slip, more so cold..

Oct 19, 2009 | 1985 Ford Bronco II

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Replacing the tension belts on the reFord windstar 1998.


FOR COMPLETE Diagram Of this Procedure and Belt Routing Email Me@rejakwilsoon@aol.com and I will Send DETAILED PICTURE and Instructions


NOTE:
  • Minor cracks in the V-grooved portion of the serpentine drive belt are considered normal and acceptable. If the drive belt has chunks missing from the ribs, the drive belt should be replaced.
  • When installing drive belts on pulley, make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with accessory pulleys.
Conditions requiring drive belt replacement are excessive wear, rib chunkout, severe glazing, frayed cords, etc. Replace any drive belt that exhibits any of these conditions.

REMOVAL
  1. Using a 15 mm socket or wrench attached on drive belt tensioner pulley bolt. Rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise to remove drive belt from pulleys. WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE THAT TOOL DOES NOT SLIP.
INSTALLATION
  1. Install drive belt over all accessory pulleys (except drive belt tensioner).Rotate drive belt tensioner as described under Removal to install drive belt over drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys

Feb 10, 2009 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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