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serpentine belt replacement

hey guys, today I am replacing my serpentine belt on my 1998 Taurus 3.0. I managed to get the belt off but now cant get it back on, Im doing it by hand because I don't have the tools and wanted to know if theres any tip and tricks you could give me to do it by hand. thanks
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The tip is to thread the belt on all the grooved pulleys first. Leave a smooth pulley for the last step. Obviously you'll have to rotate the tensioner to do this.

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I have the belt on now and of coarse need to get it around the alt. pulley. so I turned my tensioner pulley clockwise but even my biggest buddy couldn't get it to move so Im wondering how do proceed from here?
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What are you using to rotate the tensioner? You cant move it by hand. You need a tensioner tool with a long handle to be able to rotate the tensioner.

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I went and rented a serpentine belt tool from auto zone and tried to use the 15 mm socket and it turns out that it doesn't fit into the car. with the socket on the tool itself or on the pulley without the tool and I try to reach the tool into the car the tool itself is barely too wide fit in between the frame of the car and the pulley so it seems that this method, at least on my car, is useless, I tried using to wrenches one put on the pulley and another to pull the other wrench for leverage and the pulley still doesn't budge
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this is the video that showed me the method with the two wrenches, it seemed to be the useful video online that I can find,
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It sounds like you could not fit the 15mm socket on the tensioner bolt with the Serp tool's arm attached. The space between the body and the tensioner was too close. Right?
Did the rented tool kit have a 15mm crows foot? That may work for you.


Also, Some tensioners have a 3/8 square hole in them. You will have to feel around for it to see if it exists on yours. If so, you can put a ratchet or breaker bar directly in it and rotate the tensioner.
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I went and rented a serpentine belt tool from auto zone and tried to use the 15 mm socket and it turns out that it doesn't fit into the car. with the socket on the tool itself or on the pulley without the tool and I try to reach the tool into the car the tool itself is barely too wide fit in between the frame of the car and the pulley so it seems that this method, at least on my car, is useless, I tried using to wrenches one put on the pulley and another to pull the other wrench for leverage and the pulley still doesn't budge
Do you have the 24 valve engine? If so you can fit the belt tool remover in, it just takes a little finess and you have to wiggle it in. I had a hard time at first cause their was not enough room between the frame and the pulley. Don't use the extension tool it comes with just the handle part and a 15mm socket, the crow foot socket will not work.
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Did tool kit have shallow sockets?

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no it isn't the 24 valve and yes all the sockets were shallow sockets. I tried the crows feet 15 mm and it did a little bit but then slipped and I figured not to make it worse then it already was. I have friends coming over and hopefully we can all figure this out over a 24 pack and some pizza. I will update you guys later.
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