Question about 1989 Ford Tempo
Make a simple drawing of the routing of the belt. or try to take a digital picture for reference on installation. Typically, one side of the belt has groves, and the other smooth. The pulleys will be grooved or smooth to match the side of the belt they are supposed to contact, don't put the grooved side of the belt on a smooth pulley or vise versa. There should be an "idler pulley" which applies pressure to the belt to keep it tight. This idler maybe manual or automatic. A manual pulley will usually have an adjustment bolt running perpendicular to the pulley face. You will loosen the bolt in the middle of the pulley a bit, then loosen the adjustment bolt until there is enough slack in the belt to remove it from at least one pulley, the the whole belt should be easy enough to remove, barring any engine mounts in the way. If an automatic (Sprung) tensioner is used there is usually a way to get a 3/8" or 1/2" drive breaker bar onto the pulley and actually "flex" it so that the belt tension is relieved. You will need to hold pressure on the tensioner until the belt is removed from a pulley, this may take another set of hands. Installation is the reverse of removal. Old automatic tensioners can sometimes get stiff, may need to be replaced, or removed and lubricated until it actuates smoothly. Check all the pulleys very carefully to insure the belt is aligned properly, before starting the engine. many a belt has been destroyed when someone started the engine with belt misaligned. Have fun.
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"HOW TO": I professionally prefer the Serpentine Tensioner Tool.
Standard Rules to Removal the Serpentine Belt with an Automatic Tensioner:
1. Find the Tensioner(s).
2. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool, Or Wrench OR Ratchet, Rotate/Move the Tensioner USING THE AVAILABLE NUT (located on the Tensioner Pulley rotating the Tensioner Pulley/Arm - moving it away from contact with the belt and towards the area where the belt is not in contact with the Tensioner Pulley. The Tensioner is spring loaded, and is hard to rotate/move.
3. Remove the loosened belt off one of the other more easily accessed Pulleys.
4. DO NOT quickly release the Tensioner, but gently allow the Tensioner to rest in its closed position.
Standard Rules for Installing the Serpentine Belt with an Automatic Tensioner:
a. Pick a Pulley that is most easily accessed. This will usually be on top. This will be the last Pulley that the belt will go on.
b. Using the Diagram: Install the new Serpentine Belt on the remainder of the Pulleys....over, under, left right.
c. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool or Wrench or Ratchet Tool: Rotate/Move the Tensioner Pulley and Arm "away" from Belt contact area on the Tensioner. This spring is pretty hard and with a new belt, it will be even harder to install. Rotate/Move this to as-close to the maximum allowed inorder to have enough slack in the belt to get it up and over the last pulley.
d. Using your other hand - Pull the Belt up and over the Last remaining Pulley.
e. Before releasing the pressure on the Tensioner, visually inspect the remainder Pulleys and the Belts' Positioning on them.
Posted on Apr 16, 2010
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For the 1987 Ford Econoline Van:
Engine Options (AC/No AC)??
Click on the following direct, Free Link. It has the Serpentine Belt Diagram for your 1987 Ford Econoline Van depending on your size Engine and Engine Options.
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Posted on Apr 15, 2010
under the hood should be a dieagram on proper install follow the pictures you will need a 3/8th or 1/2 in drive ratchet for the idler pully make shore to seat the belt in all the pullys good luck cj
Posted on May 14, 2010
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