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I need to know the best way to put on a serpentine belt for a 04 ford explorer I am not very mechanically inclined, how hard is it and should I use a mechanic

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Have it done.
All Ford trucks, are too hard to work on under the hood.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010


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if the pulley has play then replace it. guarinteed. the play is allowing the belt to pull on the belt in such a way that its allowing the belt to pull foreward on it instead of into it and is causing damage. once you replace it then check every single turn point that belt does to see if its dead straight. not close enough, dead precision straight. if you put something straight like a square steel rod on the fronts of each pulley and check that over the gap that the rod pretty much touches both sides of each pully face. that will guarintee you that those pulleys are in line. if you put the rod on one pulley and the other pulley is 20mm or 3/4 of an inch out then the pulley thats out needs to be re aligned. your best true solution to this issue is fix the pulley problem then trade it in. you are going to have a lot of issues with it within the next 50 thousand now that the engines taken a whack and the transmission is out of line.

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Just put serpentine belt on 1999 ford explorer, now it wont turn

I know this is an obvious answer, but I would guess its not on correctly.
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It sounds to me like one of the belt-driven accessories is stopping. Remove the belt and turn all of the accessory pulleys by hand, both slowly and quickly, in both directions. Any that does not turn smoothly, quietly and easily is suspect and should either be replaced entirely or have its bearings replaced (if practical). In my experience, the most common accessory to cause this problem is the power steering pump, but it could be any of them.

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There is only one serpentine belt in your car. The belt's usually last much longer then 2 years, best thing to do is go to a parts store like Auto Zone or Parts Source and they can inspect the belt for you and show you how to inspect the belt. It's not the out side that you inspect, but the inside where the ribs are. Inspect the ribs for cracks or missing ribs, you can also maintain the belt by purchasing belt re-conditioner. The re-conditioner will keep the belt from getting to hard and cracking and give you longer life, Auto Zone can also give you the step by step instructions for you to replace your own belt if you need to. Good luck and hope this helps.

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Power steering failure/96 ford explorer

My sincere apologies for the delayed response.
I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions.
I have only been a free contributor to this site for the past 4-months.

I do not know if you still need this information, but I am going ahead and answering it anyway.

on the following LINK. It has several Belt Diagrams, one which will match your specific engine and options (AC/No AC, Power Steering, .etc) that you will need.
To directly answer your question: YES the Power Steering Pump is part of the Serpentine Belt Route.
Let me know if this helped...
Again my apologies..

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If you have a book picture your are screwed. You do have a tensioner but it is between air con and powersteering pullys. In front from under you can put 15mm wrenchopend with a nother for leverage pull center bolt down to release tension. simple.

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