Question about 1998 Mercury Sable
So serpentine belt breaks, replaced, breaks again. Replaced the tension pulley thinking that could be the problem. The belt STILL slides to the side and breaks. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I have looked up a diagram for the correct belt positioning as well.
Whichever pulley it is sliding off of is not straight. check the alignment of ALL the pulleys and make sure there is no play in them. They should all be solid with no wobble. My guess would be a bearing is bad allowing play in the pulley which lets the belt "walk" to the edge.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have the same car and last night my belt slipped off. The top small pulley backed it's self out. The problem is in most cars the pulleys are reverse threaded so this wont happen, in ours not so much. The pully spins loose with the turn of the belt so it has to be tightened way down. IT's a pain. Here is a diagram I found and You need a 15mm wrench, which doesn't just come in most sets. Good Luck
The book says "Using a 15 mm socket or wrench on bolt attaching drive belt tensioner pulley, rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise. Make sure spring keeper engages into slot." I would put a socket on the 15 mm pulley bolt and a long handle for leverage. Thats one tight spring.
Posted on Nov 06, 2008
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Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt
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