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What size of socket do i need to change the serpentine belt

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I believe its actually a 17mm wrench that you need. the tensioner is a hydraulic shock that compresses.

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The following will provide you with instructions on how to change the serpentine belt on a 1999 Ford Contour 4 cylinder with a dual overhead cam. I recently changed mine,so I thought I would share the knowledge. This should also apply to 1999 Mercury Mystic 4 cylinder since they are basically the same type of vehicle.

The main problem you will encounter is working space because the serpentine belt is located on the side of the engine on the passenger side.
You can use a socket and ratchet, to take tension off the tensioner pulley which the socket will either be size 12mm or 13mm. The following is a tool that is specially designed to change these belts and will make the job much easier. It will usually come with open ended wrench parts and sockets. You should only need to use the long bar.

You can purchase this tool at most auto parts store or even rent it for the period of time you need it and then return it to receive your money back. I used Auto Zone.

The following is a picture of the serpentine belt:

The belt I purchased was in stock and the average cost was $34.00 dollars. When you go to the store to purchase the belt it is important to know the make and model of your car, the number of cylinders, if it has a dual overhead cam, the engine size, and if it is connected to the air conditioner or if it is different, and year. This will ensure that the store will give you the proper size belt.

One person can do this, but it makes it much easier if you have someone help you. One can place the belt, while the other helps hold the belt in place and apply the pressure needed to release the Tensioner pulley.

It is important to see how the belt is configured before you remove it or have proper diagram for the vehicle you are working on if it is not the specific make and model in this tip. For safety purposes it is also important to remember to let your vehicle cool down completely before attempting to replace the belt due to burn hazards.

You will pull the tool towards the front of the vehicle in order to release the tension. It will not usually take very much pressure to release it enough to remove or replace the belt. Be very careful that you ensure that the proper size socket is used to avoid rounding off the bolt or slippage.

The following is a diagram of how the serpentine belt is configured.

Once you have taken off the old belt and started to replace the new one, you must ensure that the belt's grooves fit properly on each pulley and that it is not overlapping. The grooves on the belt should align with the grooves on the pulleys. I found it easier to get all the lower pulleys first and then worked my way up. I put the belt under the idler pulley last as pressure was applied on the tensioner pulley.

GEN=is the alternator.
TEN=is the tensioner.
WP=is the water pump.
PS=is the power steering.
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IDL=is the Idler pulley.

Things you want to look for to give you an idea of when it is time to replace your belt are: Cracks, Tears, the car squeals when you first start it because the belt is slipping, Dry Rot, the grooves are worn down or have tears in them, etc.

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My year old Serpentine Belt came off last night somehow. Is there a way for me to put it back on myself without having to get it towed around the corner to the shop?

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Things You'll Need:
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  2. Remove the serpentine belt by inserting the end of the serpentine belt tool into the square hole on the belt tensioner and rotating the removal tool clockwise. Unplug the alternator's electrical connector. Remove the bolt holding the positive voltage cable to the alternator using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket. Remove the positive voltage cable from the alternator.

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  5. Reconnect the negative cable to the battery using the battery terminal wrench. Start the engine and verify that the alternator works.

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I need to replace the idler pulley/tensioner and the belt

When this idler wears out it makes a growling noise that changes with engine RPM. A Bad Idler Pulley May Wobble & Wear Out Your Serpentine Belt Prematurely. Get Rid Of That Horrible Noise & Change.

Remove the serpentine belt by using a breakover bar, ratcher or serpentine belt removal tool with the correct size socket for the pulley mounting bolt. Rotate tensioner arm to release tension. Remove the bel. Using the proper size socket, remove the tensiones mounting bolt and remove tensioner.

Before installing the new tensioner, make sure the mounting surface for the tensiones is clean and free rust or other obstructions. Find the locator pin hole and rotate the replacement tensiones until the locator pin and the hole line uo. Insert the pin into the hole. Reinstall the mounting bilt and torque down to tight fit.

Rotate the tensioner arm to install the serpentine belt. Make sure the belt is correctly fitted to all pulley in the drive system. Start the engine to check for any problems. Extreme care should be taken when reinstalling the serpentine belt because some of the pulleys are located in remote positions ans it is very hard to see that belt is seated properly in all of the grooves. If the belt isn't seated properly, the belt can "ride out" of the grooves and the belt can be damaged.

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