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Serpentine belt for 1998 mercury tracer

How to install a serpentine belt for a 1998 mercury tracer

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  • jtcobbjr Mar 28, 2009

    The pulley is not even an inch from the wall. There is no way a ratchet can fit between the wall and pulley. There has to be some other way!

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Hey there MSM,

  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" socket and a long handled ratchet or breaker bar.
  • Get the belt around all the pulleys except the A/C compressor or Alternator. The routing diagram is on one of the radiator supports.
  • The tensioner pulley is near the Alternator toward the center of the engine. It's on a spring loaded arm. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt on the final pulley.
  • Slowly release the tension.
  • You're done

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You bet its tight! when i replaced mine, i jacked up the car & found the best place to drop belt in from top. then i removed the plastic sheilds from under car. reach in there & get the belt routed under crank pully & around a/c comp, & around tensioner. route rest from top. heres the trick, have belt routed everywhere but alt pully. put a wrench (15mm) on tensioner hold belt close to alt pully, turn wrench and at same time slip belt on pully. check every pully to insure belt is seated properly before starting. good luck, hardest belt i have ever changed.

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