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How do you take the tension off the serpentine belt on a 1998 V-6 Ford Taurus?

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    yadayada Nov 14, 2010

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There is one pulley that is an idler pulley. Typically they are spring loaded. What you do is put a wrench on it and that loosens the belt.
BUT, take the time to make an accurate diagram of the belt routing before you start, and note which pulleys have the belt going over it backwards (ribs out).

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    Click on the following direct Link. It has the Serpentine Belt Diagrams that you will need, complete with Instruction and Directional Diagrams.

    http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_information/year/1998/make/ford/model/taurus/1998_ford_taurus_drive_belt_routing_diagram.htm


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