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I have a 2000 Ford Taurus 3.0 and need to remove the crankshaft pulley bolt in which direction to loosen it? Righty tighty or lefty loosely ?

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Standard threads right tight

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i can answer part of that... have someone put pressure hard on the serpentine belt while you turn the bolt.... likewise if you have access to the timing belt tho i would be careful with that so the timing does not shift. after you get the bolt out you will need a puller for it too. carefull as well when you install the new one to match up the groove on the crankshaft with the pully or you'll never have the timing right.


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SOURCE: how remove 1966 Ford Mustang 200 6-cyl. crankshaft pulley

You can remove that center bolt easily with an impact gun. It has normal threads on it. An impact gun will prove to be an affordable tool that you will use again. You can get an electric one from Harbor Freight. They make the job of removing tough bolts much easier. If the engine is in the car, you might not have enough room. You can use a ratchet and if the engine is turning, you can hold the pulley with another tool sold at Harbor Freight called a rubber strap wrench.

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SOURCE: removal of 1997 ford aerostar power steering pump.

You have to find the belt tensioner. Then place a 3/8 th inch pull handle in the square hole on the tensioner body and push it away from the belt. Then slip the belt off of the tensioner pulley. It has a strong spring so make sure your hand is not pinched in something when you release the tensioner after the belt is removed. Some tensioners do not have a hole so you put a socket on the bolt holding the pulley.

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There should be two bolts directly opposite each other. Clockwise to tighten and counter-clockwise to loosen (right tighty, etc. if you will).


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They do have bolt extractors that you can purchase. Or get a pair of vise grips and clamp it on as tight as you can get it and hit it with a hammer. And you are correct about how to remove the bolt.

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