How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Tim Mohr Your Own Question
Tim Mohr
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 15825
Type Your Ford Question Here...
Tim Mohr is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ford explorer awd: have 1998 ford explorer awd with the 5 liter

Customer Question

have 1998 ford explorer awd with the 5 liter engine. i cant find a way to relieve belt tension on the tension pulley. seen all the videos but this one I cant see a 3/8 square hole for a ratchet. tasking too long to do this. how do I relive tension so I can change out the alternator?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 2 years ago.
Hi, my name is ***** ***** do not use a 3/8 square hole to rotate it, you put a wrench on the tensioner pully and rotate it clock wise to loosen tension, have you tried this yet?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No Tim....the thing is big...would a channel lock wrench work? there's not alot of room in therer to get a wrench in there...this thing should have taken 1 into 6 hours already...frustrating as hell!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
and which part do i rotate? the psart that is bolted to the car or the actual pulley? the belt is in the way. Who designed these things? Marques de sade?
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 2 years ago.
if you cn get a channel lock on it, just rotate clockwise to loosen it, I use a special belt tool on these, its about 2 foot long and has different sockets to get on the pully bolt, and it is thin enough to get in there, other than this tool, a channel lock might work if yu csn get it on it, I can post a picture of this tool if you like?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
yes please...I need a picture
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
and do you mean i use the actual pulley bolt as the leverage point?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
and where can I get this tool?
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 2 years ago.
Yes, the pulley bolt, put a wrench on it, and rotate it clock wise, most parts houses like Autozone will have this tool for about 20 dollars, below is a link to a picture of this tool,Tim
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
got it...clockwise because the other way would loosen the bolt...autozone told me I pay $30 for the tool and then I return it for a full a rental.....wasted a whole day on this....thanks earned the money!
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 2 years ago.
anytime my friend, yes, you go clock wise so the bolt does not loosen, and Yes, Autozone does loan them out,Tim