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The spring loaded pulley is the belt tensioner, they are common on those cars but are easy to change

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What you should also do is rotate each pulley on the engine, including the A/C, by hand, to diagnose bad bearings, which will have a rough rotation.

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Hey there. I am replacing the serpentine belt on my 1997 Ford Taurus. The idle pulley bearings were shot, so the old belt actually slipped off. I am about to replace the idle pulley. I have loosened off...


This pulley should be spring loaded and you should have a diagram of the belt path on a label under the hood. There should be a square hole in the casting for a breaker bar or rachet to use as a lever to push or pull the pulley.

One of the secrets to installing the belt is not using the Idler pulley as the last pulley the belt attaches to. You are better off to use a stationary pulley in an easy to reach area as the last pulley to slip the belt over. In some cases you can just lean on the Idler pulley and press it down with the belt already over it. Then use the slack to slip the belt over another pulley, stationary, like the Alternator or water pump pulley.

If in doubt about out or in for the spring, just look at the diagram and see which side of the picture shows the belt looping around it. It (Idler pulley) is always suppose to push against the belt. If the belt runs to the right of the Idler, the spring pushes right. up to up, down to down, left to left. This means you get clearance by pushing the Idler in the opposite direction.

I hope this helps. Thanks for using Fixya.

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