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Tensioner pully on 02 ranger 3.0

New here. My tensioner pully has what looks to be a star bolt. Looks unhealthy like someone has tried taking it off before. Looking for exact size and advice for taking off. Also, anyone have pics of chain placement for lifting eng and granny out? Thanks in advance. I'm a newby.
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Welcome to the forum

The "star" heads are called Torx
They come in male and female

The 6 Ranger Bed bolts use t-55, torx-55 male
I think the tensioner is t-50 on most Fords

Socket sets are not expensive, one male set example here:
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Thanks, got it off.

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Welcome to the forum

The "star" heads are called Torx
They come in male and female

The 6 Ranger Bed bolts use t-55, torx-55 male
I think the tensioner is t-50 on most Fords

Socket sets are not expensive, one male set example here: https://www.amazon.com/15pc-Torque-S.../dp/B01BZKILCM
I had someone apply leverage while I ensured torx head was fully seated. Now to pull tranny and eng later today. Making a couple plates for lifting this am. Thank u.
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If you're pulling the tranny and engine, I recommend leaving them attached if you have the room and a proper engine hoist. (you can rent them of course)
It's way easier to take them apart when it's out of the truck, much easier to put back together too.
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Reinstall rebuilt 3.0 in my 02 Ranger

Thanks for helpful replies. I have to take out pushrod from number 3 cyl in order to put lower intake manifold on but not sure which is #3. Also, do I use the ultra black rtv (I read in this forum to use just a little bit to keep gaskets lined up on head as well as end gaskets.) Thnx. I might have bitten off more than I can chew. Lol
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Never heard of pulling a pushrod out to install an intake???
Each cylinder has two pushrods, one for intake valve and one for exhaust valve
Remember which end is UP and which was which, you need them, or it, to go back in the same way it came out

Ford numbers V6 engines this way
3 6
2 5
1 4
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So #3 is passenger side rear cylinder
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big help, thank you. I bought Chilton book late this PM which should help a lot as well. I understand that this engine is unique reference pushrod removal prior to intake install . Also, the intake gaskets have tabs which seem to 'lock' on the bottom but the gasket has 'this end down' stamped on what seems to fit on top??? Tabs are on the bottom but is supposed to be on the top. I'm guessing the stamp got put on wrong by the 'tabs' have nothing to connect to when placed according to stamped words
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Do you have the correct gasket set?

Rear Wheel Drive 3.0l Vulcan OHV engine

Ford has a few 3.0l engines and the 3.0l Vulcan was also used in Front wheel drive cars like Taurus and Sables which have different gaskets

Gaskets will NOT have install directions upside down, so something is amiss
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