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You will insert a breaker bar into a 1/2" square hole in the belt tensioner. You will either pull up, or push down, and the tensioner will move enabling you to remove the belt.

Be to see "Related Questions" below for much more about serpentine belts and alternator trouble-shooting & replacement

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Q: How do you loosen a serpentine belt to take off the alternator of a Taurus - Sable?
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