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Old 03-30-2015
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Belt Tensioner help

To start out, I have a 2000 3.0 liter v6. My belt tensioner began to split open slightly causing the belt to come out of alignment. Decided it was time for a new one. When I took the belt off I realized it was very very loose.

I took off the pulley, then started to take off the bolt and the bolt head stripped. I was surprised to see that it was such a small bolt head. (7 or 8 mm)
attempted to used stripped bolt remover socket and it didn't do the trick. I tried giving it a bit of heat, and a bit of tapping but got nowhere.

Does anyone else have some advice on this before I tow it off to the real mechanics? And does anyone else have such a small bolt head on their stock (I assume) belt tensioner.

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Old 03-31-2015
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Are you sure it is not the external Torx or spline drive style bolt head. Ford uses those in some areas. A standard socket will fit it but will slip over making you thing it stripped.
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Old 04-02-2015
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Thanks that's exactly what happened
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