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How to Replace a Power Steering Belt - Fairmont Ford Cars & Trucks

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    Are you asking about changing the engine accessory belt? If so, what year and type of vehicle is it? Thank you.

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This is how to replace the power steering belt in 1995 ford explorer.
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative post on the battery. Loosen the retaining bolt with a socket and ratchet, then remove the cable end from the terminal. Isolate the cable end from the battery to prevent accidental starting of the engine while you are working.
2. Locate the serpentine belt tensioner on the front of the engine and attach a socket and ratchet to the mounting bolt in the center of the pulley. Rotate the tensioner clockwise to relieve the tension on the belt. Remove the belt from the pulleys while holding the tensioner away from the belt. Discard the old belt. Release the tensioner, slowly rotating it to the home position.
3. Install the new serpentine belt over all the pulleys except the tensioner pulley. Rotate the tensioner clockwise and slide the new belt onto the tensioner pulley. Slowly rotate the tensioner counterclockwise, allowing it to tighten the belt.
4. Remove the socket and ratchet from the tensioner pulley. Install the negative battery cable on to the negative terminal of the battery. Tighten the retaining bolt with a socket and ratchet.
5. Start the engine, verifying that the belt is mounted correctly and running true over the pulleys.

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