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How do you remove the tensioner pulley from a 2000 Mercury Cougar with a V6 engine?

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The center bolt is a left hand thread
to take it off turn like your tightning it

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Tensioner pulley


the nut is a normal right hand thread . loosen of the shaft nut and then release the tension on the belt by moving the small long bolt at the back of the bracket. Once the tension is off the belt the pulley will slip of the shaft after you fully remove the nut. Take care of the position of the washers and spacers as their position on reassembly is critical to correct alignment of the belt and pulley.

Feb 14, 2014 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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I just replaced the alternator in my 2000 V6 Mercury Cougar, but now, for some reason my battery light is on and my power steering is out. HELP!?


I wondering if you tensioned the belt correctly and does the same belt drive both units, Have you reconnected the little wires into the back of the alternator as well as the heavy wire

Feb 22, 2013 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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How do you loosen the tensioner pulley to put belt on 1996 cougar xr7 4.6


There is a square hole in the belt tensioner
for a long ratchet to pull off the tension

Should be 1/2"

To remove the belt after you make a diagram or have one FIRST,
you can cut the belt to get off

Feb 10, 2013 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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1992 mercury cougar 3.8 v6 how to remove powerstering pump pully


Usually you have to borrow or rent a pulley puller to remove it and re-install.

Sep 01, 2012 | 1992 Mercury Cougar

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Replacing alternator 2000 mercury couger how to remove belt on tensioner pulley


You need a special wrench that deflects the spring in the tensioner pulley and release the belt tension so you can remove it. See picture of universal tool below on eBay.
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Aug 29, 2012 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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What is the best order to use for replacing a water pump belt on a 2000 Mercury Cougar 2.5 litre?


First remove the black engine cover that says 2.5 V6 Duratec 24 Valve etc, by removing 3 bolts. Then you can see the water pum, pulley and tensioner at the rear side of the engine (opposite to the battery). Just push the tensioner with hand or flathead screwdriver and take the belt off and put the new belt the same way.

Dec 23, 2010 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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I have a 2001 mercury cougar with the 2.5L v6 engine and the number 2 cylinder is misfiring. ive replace the spark plugs and wires but it still misfires


Its time to do a injector balance and cylinder leakage test, to determine whether the injector or its circuitry is bad . The leakage test will tell you if the cylinder has a compression leak.

Mar 16, 2010 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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Engine diagram for 2001 mercury cougar


4 cyl or v 6?

2.5L V-6 with air conditioning built 01/99 onwards

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Jan 16, 2010 | 2001 Mercury Cougar

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How does a water pump pulley, belt driven mechanical fan


front of the 4 bolts into the water pump pulley and shaft @ front of the motor

Nov 06, 2009 | 1986 Mercury Cougar

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How do I pull out an alternator on a 2000 Mercury Cougar V6?


Follow service manual procedures given by the manufacturer for the generator you are working on for disassembling, inspecting, testing, and rebuilding AC generators. Remember, improper connections to an AC generator can destroy it.
AC generator removal varies according to the engine size, engine placement, and vehicle accessories (such as power steering and air conditioning). The following is the typical procedure for removal and replacement of the AC generator.
  • Place fender covers over the fenders
  • Disconnect the battery ground cable
CAUTION Never attempt to remove the alternator or disconnect any wires to the alternator without first disconnecting the battery negative cable.
  • Disconnect and label the wiring harness connections to the alternator (Painters Masking tape works very well for labeling Automotive wiring).
  • Loosen the alternator pivot bolt.
  • Remove the bolt that attaches the alternator to the adjustment arm.
  • Rotate the alternator to loosen the drive belt and disengage the belt from the pulley. Be careful that any spacers that are used in mounting are kept with their original bolts. This will make correct reinstallation much easier.
  • While supporting the alternator remove the pivot bolt.
  • Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
To reinstall the alternator, reverse the removal procedure.
To adjust the belt tension, leave the pivot and adjusting arms loose. Look up the belt tension specification for the vehicle you are working on. Using a belt tension gauge on the belt apply pressure to the alternator until the correct belt tension registers on the gauge and tighten the mounting and adjustment bolts to the specified torque specification.

Nov 08, 2008 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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