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Alternator belt Was trying to replace alternator and the came off and now I cant get belt back on

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  • dianeloving Aug 03, 2008

    I was trying to replace alternator and the belt came off. Now I can't get it back on. Is there a easy wasy to do it or a diagram I can use?

  • dianeloving Aug 03, 2008

    But now can you tell me where the tensiner would be located on the van?

  • dianeloving Aug 03, 2008

    That really helps alot but my van has 3 bolts intead of 2 and none the bolts can slide. Also I couldn't find that diagram

  • dianeloving Aug 03, 2008

    ok I looked for the tensinor and the pulley in the middle of the engine and their was no head or a bolt on it anywhere. My van is an 98 windstar would it be located some where different? Or am I just clueless to what I'm supposed to be looking for?

  • dianeloving Aug 03, 2008

    I thank you very much the problem is solved.

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    I have the same problem on my 2001 windstar.I need a visual diagram to understand where it is .It hs a 3.8 motor with 3 bolts on the alternator.



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You should have a tensiner on your van. what it does is tighten and loosen the belt. find that and you can put the belt back on.
it will look like a pulley. you will need to stick a rachet into it so you can pull on it.

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    Cameron Viseth Aug 03, 2008

    usually there is a diagram on the front of the van next to the raditaor. the tensiner should be about half way down in the front.

    or does your van the alternator with 2 bolts and where one of the bolts can slide?

  • Cameron Viseth
    Cameron Viseth Aug 03, 2008

    ok than you will have the tensinor. look about half way down there will be a pulley on it's own about the middle of the engine.

    you will either see a head of a bolt on it or it will have a square indentation in the middle of it. once you find that you will either have to put a rachit in it or if it has the head on it take a crow bar to it. you will need to pull it torwards you. it will come up and you will be able to put the belt on the alternator... becarful.....

    the crow bar can slip or loose grip and go back down. you want to make sure that you don't have your fingers under the belt when or if it happens.

  • Cameron Viseth
    Cameron Viseth Aug 04, 2008

    I am glad i could help. But you did get it fixed right?



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