Mechanics

BELT INSTALLATION

Ford Contour

I changed the alternator on a 1999 Ford Contour (88,989) (4cyl), and now I can’t get the belt back on the car. What’s the secret to reinstalling the belt? Please help…
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904ville
December 20, 2006.



That should be a serpentine belt. That belt covers all pulleys in the car, right? If so, there is an idler pulley and tensioner somewhere midway on the belt pattern. The tensioner is spring loaded and you can open it with a wrench or socket. Rotate the tensioner, slip the belt on and relax the tensioner on to the belt.

Bruce Hunt
Dec 20, 2006.

Tiny
904ville
Dec 20, 2006.