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I just replaced the serpentine belt on my 1996 Ford Contour. I opted to remove the front passenger-side tire to gain access to the tensioner. Once I was able to get to the tensioner pulley, I had the old belt off and replaced within 10 minutes. I did have some help, though. It is much easier to have one person release the tension while another puts the new belt into place.

22:42, 14 Mar 2009 ~

No, you do not have to remove it. It is also possible to release the tensioner top-side. I once had a tensioner go bad in the parking lot at work and had to replace it there with what I had in my trunk. It is easier with the tire off, but if you have to a slim ratchet with a shallow socket should do the trick.

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Q: Replacing the serpentine belt on a 1996 Ford Contour 4-cylinder with AC do you need to remove anything from the car to reach the tensioner?
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