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Old 12-19-2007
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belt tensioner question

My tensioner has been messed up or broken for a few months now and im about to drive from ohio to Georgia and back. Should i fix it before the trip or is it really that important. I have the money, just havent wanted to spend it. Thanks for the help!
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I would since it's not difficult. If for some reason you don't I would make sure I have a spare belt with me.
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If she's noisy..you really need to change it. If it's noisy, the bearing is going byebye....and when it actually goes byebye....seized pulley, and torn up belt is sure to happen.

I know this, because I was broke down on the way to work a few months back....it tore up my 2 day old gatorback! Nothing like being 6hrs late to work...and breaking down at 4am.

CHANGE IT~!!! It's a $40 Motorcraft part, and 1 bolt....do it.
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Most definately replace it!

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So, your going on a 400-500 mile one way trip with the chance of the belt coming off and having it fixed on the road at Joe'$ Fa$t fix $hop and pay twice the price you would at home.
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ha.. good point. i'll git er done tomorrow. hopefully i can find a how-to on it..
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ha.. good point. i'll git er done tomorrow. hopefully i can find a how-to on it..
Its easy easy easy as pie.. imagine a circle with a nut in the middle and a progn on one side.


You take off the belt, unbolt it.. insert the new part in, line up the prong with the hole, pop a good 30-40lbs torque on it (Cant remember the exact torque ratio) and its done.. good as gold =) If I had to time it, Im sure I ocould do it in right around 10 minutes.. including taking the belt off and putting it back on.
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i dont think i can do it. I dont see how im supposed to take the tensioner off and then fit my hands to wrap the new belt on... wtf?
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use a socket rench on the tensioner to take the belt off.. then once the belt is off, take off the pully and then put the new one on... then put the socket rench back on the tensioner take the tension all the way down then slide the belt back over and slowly let the tension back onto the belt... 10 min process maybe less...
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