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how hard to change seprentine belt?

OK...I searched and saw a few threads, and it doesn't sound too hard, but I want to make sure. Here is what happened to me. It rained alot here in Tucson tonight, and I drove through some deep water, and my serpentine belt slipped off I guess. My steering was hard as hell, the AC wasnt cold, and the truck started running hot. I was able to get it home, about a mile, maybe. Do you think I damaged anything? But most of all, how hard is that belt to change? I just hit 40k miles, so I guess it is time to change it anyways. And should I get a gatorback belt? If so, does anyone have to correct part number?
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first of all, welcome to the site. second of all, you need a sig so we can see what year, engine etc.

and third, i'll be in tucson at U of A in august!
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Ok, sorry about all that, but I have a 2002 Edge Reg. Cab with a 3.0 manual.
Good thing you weren't here tonight, it's like a tornado blew through, I just went out to look at my truck and saw that my mailbox is completely gone. It's not within 500 ft. of my house in either direction.
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Its not hard, but its alot easier if you have three arms, or a friend to help you, that way one person can pull on the tensioner while the other maneuvers the belt onto the pulleys.
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theres a tool u can use to unload the tensionor but i just use 2 wrenches. pull up/down on the tensionor and remove the belt.

the gatorback belts, IMO arent worth the hype. i use a good DACCO replacement and i've been satisfied.

and damaging anything, as long as there isnt any visual damage u should be ok. u didnt over heat the motor at all, did ya?
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well, I got it done, I just put the same belt back on, as it looked to be in pretty good condition, and I need my truck in the morning to get to summer school. I had to wait until one of my roommates came home, so he could crank on the belt tensioner while I pulled on the belt. Props to anyone who ever put one of those on by themselves, it was a formidable opponent. Thanks for the help guys!
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You do not need 3 people to do this. It is very simple and can be done with by just yourself. Requires a wrench, socket, and a new belt! Simple attach the socket to the tensioner and push downward, releasing the tension of the belt. With the other hand remove the belt off a nearby pulley. Then it is loose and the rest will remove quite easily. I used a gatorback the 2nd round with my belt. The squeak in the rain was terrible.
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