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Ford Explorer Serpentine Belt

Q. Hello Mr. Ciulla, I have a 1996 Ford Explorer XLT, 5.0 liter V-8 AWD with automatic transmission. The mileage on the truck is approximately 89,000 miles. It is fuel injected with ABS brakes, P/S, A/C, and cruise control. This afternoon the serpentine belt broke apart.

Ford Explorer Serpentine Belt

It seems the top (meaning 12 o'clock position) pulley (when you are facing the engine) was loose and ate up the belt. Would you be able to tell me how to replace the belt and possibly the pulley?


A. If we're thinking the same thing here, the pulley you are describing is the belt tensioner. If it is, then it is very simple to replace. There is two bolts attaching it to the engine. Remove the bolts and take out the belt tensioner. Install the new one, slap on the serpentine belt and you're done.

Ford Explorer Serpentine Belt

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