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Ford Ranger 4 Cyl/Mazda B-2500 Serpentine Belt Trick

Every once and a while, that Serpentine Belt goes nuts. You can tell when you have a bad Serpentine Belt because the lights will flicker, you go through batteries and Alternators, and then just as you give up - pow - you're dead because of the belt.

When you replace the belt, take the valve cover off, and make sure that your engine is sitting at TDC - you can tell because the first valve will sit level. This is the only way you can make sure that the top of the motor is in sync with the bottom of the motor.

There is no timing gears on the valve belt guide, so you have to eye ball it.


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How tight do I tightnen a serpentine belt?

you tighten it a little tighter than a v belt but not so tight that you cannot push down on the belt with pressure so it moves a little.

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How do I change the serpentine belt on a 1998 Buick LeSabre, 3.8

My friend;
Try this;
  1. Check the belt pulley may have attaching tension bolts (Nuts), etc.
  2. Loose the belt pulley attaching tension bolts (Nuts), etc.
  3. Normally there are three bolts & or nuts u need to loose to allow u swivel the pulley side way.
  4. Once loose, swivel the pulley side way.
  5. Mostly, you don't have to remove the bolts & or nuts completely.
  6. You may need to remove other serpentine belt to reach the power steering belt.
  7. Removing those other belts work same as the power steering belts or other belts.
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Nov 09, 2009 | 1998 Buick LeSabre

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how can one tell if a tensioner is bad on a 1998 dodge ram 1500? Also is there a such thing as tightening a belt with these tensioners

The tensioner is a spring loaded unit that is supposed to provide the proper tension on the belt with out adjustments. Ususally if a tensioner goes bad it is not providing presure on the serpentine belt (loose belt, squeel, or squeek) or it has a bad bearing in the tensioner pulley (noisy, siezed). The tensioners are sold as an assembly in either case. If the tensioner went bad it is a good idea to replace the serpentine belt at the same time.

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