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Serpentine belt installation 2004 Ford Taurus 3.0L Duratec motor

I can't figure out how to move the belt tensioner to install new belt. All videos I've looked at keep showing me a different setup than my car. They all show the Vulcan motor instead of the Duratec. The tensioner has a bolt and if I turn it conterclockwise, it loosens the bolt that holds in the tensioner. If I turn clockwise, it tightens bolt but does not move the spring loaded tensioner so I can install belt. Is there a special tool needed here? Help!


  • edited July 2011
    I'm not sure about your Taurus, but many Fords have a square hole in the tensioner that you put a 3/8" ratchet into and pull to release the tension on the belt (spring loaded). No need to bother the bolt in the tensioner.
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