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The arm of my belt tensioner seems to be missing a part. Where the belt touches the arm there is nothing to hold belt on. Am I missing a part? and can I buy it without buying the whole Belt tensioner?

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Is the belt loose? It sounds like you're missing the pulley. Pulleys are usually available from Autozone or Napa (usually one bolt through the center to secure it to the arm).

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION - 8 cylinder engine Alternator Belt
  1. Loosen the alternator mounting and adjusting arm bolts.
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  3. Install a new belt.
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Air Conditioning Compressor Belt
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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.
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Loosen tension on serpent belt


Hi rdt,
The tensioner is on a spring arm, no need to take it off.
  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" socket and a long handled ratchet or breaker bar.
  • Get the belt around all the pulleys except the A/C compressor or Alternator.
  • The tensioner pulley is near the Alternator toward the center of the engine. It's on a spring loaded arm. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt on the final pulley.
  • Slowly release the tension.
  • You're done
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