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How do i get to the serpantine belt on 96 lincoln continental

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Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. Then remove the coolant reservoir, so you can get at the area. Also remove the radiator hose from the engine, and bend it back so it is out of your way. Get a breaker bar with the proper connector, I forget if it is a 3/8 or 1/2 inch, and remove the old belt. Take note if its position and direction. Push the belt down from the top and climb under the car to wrap the belt around the lower pulleys. At this point it should be easy to wrap the top pulleys, using the tensioner as a help on the final pulley.

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Step 1 Inspect the belt already in your Lincoln for cracks or wear. It is best to replace serpentine belts early, before any major damage occurs, as a break in the belt will cause a critical failure in a motor vehicle while under power.

  • Step 2 Find the belt routing diagram under the hood, this can usually be found on the top of the radiator mount. Lincolns, even those of the same year model, may have different accessories run by the serpentine belt. So the exact routing of the belt will vary from vehicle to vehicle.
  • Step 3 Loosen the tensioner pulley until you can push it relatively easily. The belt should still be too tight remove, if it is not the idler pulley is malfunctioning.
  • Step 4 Unscrew the idler pulley belt until the idler pulley loosens enough to allow the belt to be removed.
  • Step 5 Make note of the direction of rotation of the serpentine belt as it is important to install the new belt in a way that it is intended to rotate.
  • Step 6 Insert the new belt in accordance with your Lincoln's belt installation chart.
  • Step 7 Tighten the idler and tensioner pulleys an assistant with a pry bar may be needed to properly tighten your Lincoln's serpentine belt.
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