how to install alternator belt (95 ford probe)

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Old 01-15-08, 11:45 AM
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how to install alternator belt (95 ford probe)

Someone please help me!!!! I am trying to change my alternator belt on a 95 ford probe. I cannot figure out how to take the other belt off to get to the wheel for the alternator belt. Can someone help me with this?
 
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Old 01-24-08, 11:28 AM
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Don't know the Probe, but on most cars there is a tensioner you loosen(usually just a bolt on the pully) and it will give you enough play to remove the reinstall the belt.
 
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Originally Posted by dmtrabrams78 View Post
Someone please help me!!!! I am trying to change my alternator belt on a 95 ford probe. I cannot figure out how to take the other belt off to get to the wheel for the alternator belt. Can someone help me with this?

do you have a serpentine belt or multiple belts? serpentine is a single belt that drives all the devices. if you have several belts, then most likely you have several tensioners that need to be losened before you get to the right belt.

inexpensive suggestion - repair manual will cost you $12 at autozone or free at library. no guessing. i always buy one the very moment i bought a used car, less headache.
 
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Old 01-25-08, 11:53 AM
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I don't know whether you have the six cylinder or the four.

I have experience with the six where the outside belt is a 5 rib one running around the a/c and alternator and the inside belt is a 4 rib on the inside running around the water pump and power steering pump. The 5 rib belt tensioner has its adjuster bolt on top next to the dipstick and the 4 rib belt has tensioner on the bottom. To get to it you have to have the car on ramps or on jackstands to get to it. On the six it helps to remove the plastic splash shield at the bottom for easier access.

The nut in the middle of the tensioner idler pulley needs to be loosened before turning the adjusting nut. If memory serves me, the adjuster bolt is righty tighty, lefty loosey. Loosening the tensioner will bring the pulley up releasing the tension. My past experience on my probe the getting the belts on and off was a time consuming frustrating experience. I finally figured out why. The tensioner bolt threads had gotten gummed up and would only unwind part of its travel before it bound up hard like it had reached its limit. Last year on the A/c alternator belt I pulled the tensioner (held with one bolt at the top and one at the bottom) and used a wire brush and WD-40 to clean the threads and now it works like it should. It is a challenge getting the tensioner out of there, especially if you don't drain the radiator and remove the upper radiator hose. It is possible, but frustrating and time-consuming to figure out how to find the magic moves to get it out.

If you have the four hopefully the principles are similar.
 
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