Question about Ford Windstar
After replacing an altenator, I cant find the drive belt tensioner bolt to allow more slack to easily replace the serpintine belt back over the altenator.
The serpentine belt tensioner / pulley is on the front of the engine, and part of the belt 'routing'.
Its job is to put tension on the belt as it drives the other devices like the power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor.
It is an aluminum casting that mounts with a single bolt to the engine. The pulley is attached to the arm.
There are a few ways to move / pry the arm inwards, thus releasing the tension on the belt for removing/installing: grab on the pulley bolt (15mm?) with a wrench, or some later models have an opening for a 3/8th socket wrench to attach to directly without a socket.
Posted on May 10, 2009
Had to purchae the entire tensioner pulley from Ford service center due to the bolt and washer not available at the local auto parts stores. Cost me an extra $16 for the part- bummer - looking for a place to buy just bolt and washer !!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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