Monday, March 12, 2012

How to replace Accessory Drive Belts on Ford Windstar?

The details to replace drive belts are as follows: ---


Accessory Drive Belts
ADJUSTMENT
DRIVE BELT ROUTINGS
INSPECTION
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

Instructions are mentioned below:---

Adjustment



All engines use an automatic drive belt tensioner. No adjustment is necessary. It is recommended that the belt tension indicator mark be inspected with the engineOFF at 60,000 mile (96,000 km) intervals. If the indicator mark is not between the MIN and MAX marks, the drive belt is worn or an incorrect drive belt has been installed.

Drive Belt Routings





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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-3.0L engine


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Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-3.0L engine


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Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-3.8L engine

Inspection



Inspect the belts for signs of glazing or cracking at least once a year. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will usually start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. All worn or damaged drive belts should be replaced immediately. It is best to replace all drive belts at one time, as a preventive maintenance measure, during this service operation.
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Fig. There are typically 3 types of accessory drive belts found on vehicles today


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Fig. An example of a healthy drive belt


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Fig. Deep cracks in this belt will cause flex, building up heat that will eventually lead to belt failure


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Fig. The cover of this belt is worn, exposing the critical reinforcing cords to excessive wear


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Fig. Installing too wide a belt can result in serious belt wear and/or breakage

Removal & Installation





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Fig. Drive belt tensioner wear indicator marks


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Fig. Place a wrench on the drive belt tensioner bolt and rotate the assembly clockwise to relieve belt tension
Using a 15mm wrench attached to the drive belt tensioner pulley, rotate the tensioner clockwise to release the tension. Remove the drive belt from the pulley. When installing the new drive belt, ensure that the drive belt is routed correctly and note the position of the indicator mark on the tensioner.
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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-3.0L engine


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Fig. Accessory drive belt routing-3.8L engine


This details will help.
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