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Old 08-10-2005, 02:38 AM   #1
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Changing a belt

Hey, i know this is my second thread i have up and i aplogize for that.

I have to change a belt on a Mercury Mystique....ive never done this before and i dont wanna pay 60 dollars labour, so can somebody maybe give me a guide or pictures or something of how to change a belt propely......thank you in advance
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:41 AM   #2
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wow you cheap out on 60 bucks, i understand the DIY world we live in but if you have no clue 60 bucks is not bad to have it done proper, it probably has an automatic belt tensioner right? if so it'll probably be like 15 mm bolt head on the pulley and you swing it one way or the other and the belt should just be loose enough to grab, but remember how it goes on, installation is reverse of removal :P
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:27 AM   #3
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so i just loosen the tension pulley thing, and then take off the belt, and then tighten it again with the new belt on it?

How tight do i make it?
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:46 AM   #4
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so i just loosen the tension pulley thing, and then take off the belt, and then tighten it again with the new belt on it?

How tight do i make it?

don't it have an auto tensioner no adjustment to the tension
or is it adjusted with the altenator
year and engine size needed to be more specific
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:44 AM   #5
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its a 1995, and its 2 L i think
4 cylinder

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Old 08-10-2005, 05:50 AM   #6
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its a 1995, and its 2 L i think
4 cylinder

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here's a link to autozone'a online manuals
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:16 AM   #7
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look on the inside of the hood, and it should have a sticker with the routing for the serp. belt. yeah not to sound cheat, but 60 bucks would be something i would save in that case. BEER MONEY!!!!
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:59 AM   #8
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ok wait my bad i still have some questions....

When i was reading how to change the belt.....it kinda confused me of how to loosen the tensioner

it says rotated it clockwise, and then pull it back???????
Turning a bolt clockwise will tighten it wouldnt it?
Could you help me out with the whole tensioner thing.

And it also says use a 13mm socket and drive tool, a drive tool? i think they mean a ratchet if i am correct?
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:38 AM   #10
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ok wait my bad i still have some questions....

When i was reading how to change the belt.....it kinda confused me of how to loosen the tensioner

it says rotated it clockwise, and then pull it back???????
Turning a bolt clockwise will tighten it wouldnt it?
Could you help me out with the whole tensioner thing.

And it also says use a 13mm socket and drive tool, a drive tool? i think they mean a ratchet if i am correct?

yes a ratchet long handle if you can for leverage
the bolt is holding the pulley to the tensioner it will not tighten unless you pivot the tensioner farther than the pivot action will allow
the tensioner is bolted to the engine block and the bolt you are to use for the belt is on the pulley if that helps any i'm going to look for a pic
this is a tensioner not sure for what make but just to show you the mounting and the pivot
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:37 AM   #11
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thanks for the advice.....i dont know if im going to try it just yet....maybe ill try it on my 83 jus for practise because i dont want to screw it up
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Old 08-12-2005, 04:45 AM   #12
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thanks for the advice.....i dont know if im going to try it just yet....maybe ill try it on my 83 jus for practise because i dont want to screw it up

the 83 is totally different...
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Old 08-12-2005, 04:46 PM   #13
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yes i know, but all belts have a belt tensioner dont they?

the only problem i have is with the whole belt tensioner thing....so i figure if i can do it on one car....i can do it on another

because the thing im confused about is, do you just loosen the bolt(counter clock-wise), and move the tensioner away, and then put the new belt in, reposition the tensioner, and then tighten the bolt?

im not 100% sure if this is right
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yes i know, but all belts have a belt tensioner dont they?

the only problem i have is with the whole belt tensioner thing....so i figure if i can do it on one car....i can do it on another

because the thing im confused about is, do you just loosen the bolt(counter clock-wise), and move the tensioner away, and then put the new belt in, reposition the tensioner, and then tighten the bolt?

im not 100% sure if this is right

on the 83 the alternator or power steering pump will be your form of tension by pivoting the alt/pump you tighten the tension on the belt

for the mercury the tension is automatic tension
so you put the socket on the pulley bolt and as you try to move it the whole tensioner arm will pivot lossening the the belt thenjust remove the belt while holding pressure on the tensioner once the belt is off one pulley you can release the pressure on the tensioner remove the old belt from other pulleys pay close attension to were the belt routes if theres no pic on the rad cover or strut tower reinstall the new belt on all but one pulley(find the easiest one to get to while holding the tensioner in the release position) apply pressure to release tensioner and install the belt on the last pulley release the tensioner and check the belt making sure the ribbed groves are all in line in the pulley groves
on start up i like give the engine a couple of quick clicks small turn overs without starting then recheck the belt for alignment(not comeing off the groves) if its good your done if its coming off release the tensioner again to slacken the belt and adjust the belt back onto the pulley



read this to it will help
http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801bbef3.jsp
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Old 08-13-2005, 03:24 AM   #15
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k thanks alot

i know you must hate me for all these questions....but the whole time i was mainly confused about which way to turn the socket, counter-clockwise, or clockwise

i thank you for your time
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