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Old 09-13-2013, 12:53 PM
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Serpentine belt

Replaced the belt tensioner and belt on my 03 F450, the tensioner was piece of cake the belt is kicking my butt, still haven't got it on. Is there an easy way to route the belt.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:18 PM
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Got the belt on and started truck, it ran for about 15 min. and shredded a small strip on the side I must have had it off a pulley a little. Not going to try it agin shop quoted me $162.00 plus the price of a belt taking it in the morning. 2.5 hours labor. Seems every time I try to save a buck it cost me more in the long run. About tired of this Ford I have had it 4 months and done nothing but work on it. Only 119,000 miles so should not be that worn out. Or is that the way a Ford is I've always had a GMC.
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Got the belt on and started truck, it ran for about 15 min. and shredded a small strip on the side I must have had it off a pulley a little. Not going to try it agin shop quoted me $162.00 plus the price of a belt taking it in the morning. 2.5 hours labor. Seems every time I try to save a buck it cost me more in the long run. About tired of this Ford I have had it 4 months and done nothing but work on it. Only 119,000 miles so should not be that worn out. Or is that the way a Ford is I've always had a GMC.
You have the dual alts or the single? I have the dual alts and therefore twin belts. What a PITA. Took 2 of us about 2 hours. Here is a diagram of the little slice of heaven. The longer belt is over 100" in length. The engineer that designed this system should be :
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I did 2 in a matter of weeks. One being mine and one being a friends. I found its a lot easier to start at the tensioner pully first and then route the belt from there. And the single alt diagram for some reason isn't under the hood so you may have to find one online.
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I have never fully removed mine but I have taken in loose to change my ac compressor and alt many many times. Even when it falls off the pulleys I have never had a hard time rerouting it. My problem is I can never get the belt tool to fit so I man up and take it on and off by hand at the alternator.
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I have never fully removed mine but I have taken in loose to change my ac compressor and alt many many times. Even when it falls off the pulleys I have never had a hard time rerouting it. My problem is I can never get the belt tool to fit so I man up and take it on and off by hand at the alternator.
You dont need a special tool if you have a 1/2 inch socket wrench. It fits into the tensioner hole and then just pull towards the drivers side. If it's the oem alternator there is a little stopper that can be flipped up to keep the tensioner in its place. Or you can pull on the belt by hand just below the alternator to take tension off.
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You dont need a special tool if you have a 1/2 inch socket wrench. It fits into the tensioner hole and then just pull towards the drivers side. If it's the oem alternator there is a little stopper that can be flipped up to keep the tensioner in its place. Or you can pull on the belt by hand just below the alternator to take tension off.
I don't know if I'm just to impatient or what but I usually try for a few minutes and can't get anything to line up. I ususlly just end up pulling it off how you said, right under the alt.

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