Hey Chris==Pull up on the belt and you can see how the idler puller must move to release tension on the belt. The schematic for the belt should be on the fan shroud. If it isn't, draw a schematic before removing the old belt. Don't rely on memory. Goodluck Joe
A further suggestion. The belt tensioner uses a 1/2" breaker bar to de-tension the serpentine belt. I still had problems releasing the tension, so I used an 18" long, 1" (id) black iron pipe as an extension for my breaker bar. It makes a world of difference and one person can then de-tension the belt and remove or reinstall the belt over the alternator pulley.
check power steering pump or belt tension.
* To replace the belt rotate the tensioner counterclockwise on V6 models or clockwise on V8 models to relieve the tension on the belt * Remove the belt from the auxiliary components
To change belt?Use a 1/2 inch breaker bar and pull to relieve tension
put a wrench on the tensioner pully and pull it to release tension on the belt
The correct belt tension will be maintained by the belt tensioner. The tension is not adjustable on this car.
Usually you relieve tension on the tensioner pulley by pulling it to the left or right.
Anything from the 1997 to 2000 will fit.
try tightening the tension pully works like a charm
It does not have a timing belt it has a chain
One Serpentine Belt
(This answer Covers the Ford Motor Company Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable with the 3.0L OHV "Vulcan" Engine and the 3.0L DOHC "Duratec" engines.)Installation notes:Replace the belt by fitting it around the pulleys and lastly loosening the tension with the tensioner/idler pulley to allow the belt to fit over the last pulley. Attach a 15mm socket or wrench to the bolt in the middle of the tensioner pulley.On all 3.0L (OHV) engines, rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise to relieve belt tension and slide the belt off the pulleys.On 3.0L (DOHC) engines, rotate the tensioner counter-clockwise to relieve belt tension and slide the belt off the pulleys.Replace the belt by fitting it around the pulleys and lastly loosening the tension with the tensioner/idler pulley to allow the belt to fit over the last pulley.AnswerPut a wrench on the (spring loaded) tensioner/ider pulley and take out the tension. You can then remove the belt. Replace the belt by fitting it around the pulleys and lastly loosening the tension with the tensioner/idler pulley to allow the belt to fit over the last pulley.