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How do I adjust the tension on the serpentine belt?

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That is the belt tensioners job it does it automatically

Posted on Sep 06, 2012

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SOURCE: 96 Mercury Sable (Serpitine belt)

there should either be a whole for a ratchet or there is a nut on the tension pulley that you will have to size a socket to. put either tool on and pull in the direction of up( you'll see what i mean when you get there). be gentle once you have the belt in place not to let it snap back into place so as to not cause any damage anywhere else.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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SOURCE: 94 Mercury Cougar xr7 3.8l Belt Tensioner Re Install

The tensioner is not adjustable, the spring in it provides a preset tension, I don't understand what you did, but if it came apart then most likely you damaged it, buy a new one, if you get it wrong and it falls apart on the road you are stuck.

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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SOURCE: 1995 mercury tracer 1.9l wont start after new serpentine belt

The timing belt should not have been affwcted. Sounds like you have everything chk'd and accounted for.. The best way to chk the cam and crank is a compression test.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: How Do I Release The Tension Pulley To Change A

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First, you want to make a drawing of the belt routing, if there isn't a picture of how it goes on a decal, under the hood.
The tensioner pulley is released in one of two ways, depending on the type installed.

It either has a square hole you can insert a ratchet or breaker bar into, and rotate it while slipping the belt off, or some have a hex head area that you can use a socket or wrench to rotate it. They are usually spring loaded, so to put the belt back on, you route the belt around everything else, then rotate down the tensioner, and put the belt over it last.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

SOURCE: replacing the belt tensioner and serpentine belt

make you sure are using the right serpentine belt, or looking for another little bit belt , and the other way is damage bearing on the water pump , alternator, power steering , pulleys

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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