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I am trying to change out an alternator on a 97 ford ranger. It has a 6 valve, 3.0 litre engine. How do you loosen the serpentine belt?

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It has a belt tensioner. On the tensioner should be a nut put wrench on and push counter clockwise and it should loosen the belt. Good Luck

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