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Serpetine belt the belt needs changed need instructions on how to do it

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  • pegbrody Sep 03, 2008

    Have same car (97 taurus) and belt broke due to A/C compressor locked up and so pulley will not spin.Question--Is is possible to release the A/C clutch so that the pulley spins without replacing the compressor? I want to get sell car so not fixing air but now can't even drive it. Is there an inexpensive solution to put a belt on?

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There is a small pulley called a tensioner pulley. The pulley is spring loaded. The pullye uses a 15mm or 3/8 rachet head to move it. You have to leverage it out of the way. The entire belt can fall off once you relieve tension. Careful the pulley will lash back once you release counter pressure. There is a diagram of how the belt is laced thru the pulleys. Use the diagram to put the new belt back on. Hook the entire belt in the system and than pull the tensioner back with the rachet or wrench and loop the last little bit of belt over the last pulley. You will not be able to fully lace the belt without moving the pulley out fo the way. You might have a second set of hands to help hold the belt. The first time is the hardest. Good luck and let me know if all went well.

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