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Can you adjust the tension pully on a 1993 Ford Taurus if it only holds half of the serpentine belt and the belt rides off the side?


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2015-07-15 21:44:28
2015-07-15 21:44:28

No!! there is something causing the belt to run like that check the alignment of the complete pulley system. I'am speaking from experience with that exact car.

The belt SHOULD NOT ride off the side of any of the pulley's. It sounds like you first need to draw a picture of how the belt is routed and then purchase and install a new one.

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  • 99 times out of 100, the problem is the tensioner itself. I do a million and of these every year, and the tensioners will get worn at the pivot point, and start running out of line with the rest of the pulleys. Start by looking hard at the possibly replacing the tensioner assembly.

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