Kicking in to say "THANK YOU" to all! I'm not a mechanic at all. Fix what I can where I can. Like all car problems, they take a dump when you can't afford to fix them. Got into my car and started it up this morning to go to work and white smoke started swirling under the hood. Popped the hood and the serpentine belt broke (the white smoke was the belt rubbing and ultimately breaking from the seized up A/C
pully). Haven't had A/C
for the last 6 months and I instantly assumed it was the A/C
compressor lock up. Went through the typical anger stage. I drive 30 miles to and from work each day and this is my only transportation for now. So, I called in sick for the day. What in the world was I gonna do.....can't afford to replace the A/C
. 2001 Ford Taurus SES with a U in the VIN
number. Started searching this morning and found this thread. I took a survey of all the different belt sizes posted in this thread and the most common I could see was the Autozone 820K6. Took a stab and hit it on the nose the first time out. $28 plus tax. 20 minutes later, I had re-routed the belt with a diagram found here. Car runs perfectly again. The clearance issue some have described on the A/C
pully isn't an issue for me in this case, but I can see where it's crazy close. Lucky I guess. So, I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone and give a final report in case there is another 2001 owner out there experiencing the same thing.
2001 Ford Taurus SES (I have a U in my VIN
number which helped me identify which motor I had. Apparently, this process won't work on certain engines such as the DOHC
AutoZone Belt Number 820K6 by Duralast
I take no credit for the belt routing diagram, but it came from the Taurus Club. The pic of the package from the belt, I took right after I completed the job.
It was tight, but, once I took the tension out of the tensioner, I got the belt squeezed on and there's no play anywhere. Ran in the driveway for an hour just to make sure. All is well.
By the way, before I did this, and before it seized up, it was making all kinds of racket and I wasn't absolutely sure what the problem was. Now, she's super quiet and runs normal for now.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One small battle won!
I don't know if anyone else needs it for other years or models, but here's a list of the other belts I had written down if this one hadn't worked:
AUTOZONE - 817K6; 822K6; and 825K6 (At least for my car, the 820K6 was a PERFECT fit) Good luck, hope this helps someone else in need.