There are special wrenches for tight quarters, but I would try a breaker bar first because they have a smaller head than a ratchet. I hope this helps you. Mark
There should be a place on the tensioner to insert a ratchet wrench or breaker bar without a socket or a "nut" for a socket to fit. Turn the tensioner clockwise or counterclockwise to loosen the tension (some tensioners rotate clockwise and some counterclockwise) and remove the old serpentine belt - NOTE: be sure and note how the belt is routed so you can install the new one in the same routing.
Serpentine belts have a self-adjusting idler pulley that keeps the correct tension on the belt. The idler arm will have either a cutout where a ratchet wrench will fit without a socket or a nut where a socket will fit. Turn the idler arm either clockwise or counter-clockwise (whichever applies to your application) to loosen the tension and remove the serpentine belt. Installation is the reverse of removal.
The idler pulley is the tensioner for the serpentine belt. To loosen it, do the following... - Notice the bolt in the centre of the idler pulley. Find the appropriate socket. - Using your rachet (set to loosen) put the socket on the bolt so that the rachet handle is pointing towards the windsheild. - Push down on the rachet handle. The tensioner will give slack to the belt. (careful because it is under spring tension) - While holding the tensioner down slip the belt off. Gently allow the tensioner to spring back slowly until it stops.
The tensioner has an arm with a roller at the bottom. Find the size of the socket required to get around the nut at the center of the roller (I believe the last Ford I did this on required a 16mm socket). Turn the ratchet/breaker bar (attached to the socket) counterclockwise. The arm should turn and raise the roller, which will loosen tension on the serpentine belt.
To release tension on the Serpentine belt on a 2001 pathfinder you need the following tools: 10mm open wrench, 12mm socket, long socket extension, socket breaker bar, 14mm socket. Start from above the engine, loosen the fan hood from radiator, use 10mm to loosen the fan from the pulley, ( to remove the belts later), leave up against the radiator but out of your way. Remove the plastic skid plate from under the front bumper. Use the 14mm & breaker bar to loosen the nut on the tensioning pulley, then look at back of pulley- you will see a threaded bolt that is operated with a 12mm wrench on the bolt. Now do the same to the other pulley on the other side of the engine. All tension is released from below the engine.By loosening this bolt you will relieve the tension on the pulley to allow changing of the Serpentine belt. Reverse the procedure after replacing the belts. Check for proper tension and monitoir that nuts on fan are tightened correctly.
well it is very easy. you need a small socket drive 6mm with a 8 mm socket and a 12mm socket. first loosen the 8mm nuts on the steel bridge that connect all of the glow plugs slid the bridge to the right. it is not necessary to lossen the electrical cable going to the bridge. remove the 8mm nuts and then use the 12mm socket and lossen the glow plugs from the head. if the 8mm socket is not long enough then pull the socket from the drive and fit the 8mm socket over the glow plug and then fit the drive to the socket and then you will be able to loosen them. you do not have to remove any of the pipes to the intercooler. the job is about 20mininutes work. when you refit the glowplugs the take a hacksaw and cut about 6mm of the threaded part off and leave just enough thread for the nut and space for the bridge.
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