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Monday, 05 May 2008

2000 Ford Windstar, 3.8l v6 - Odd squeal and hesitation and general "bad" noise detected while driving.

I'm not 100% sure if it was the tensioner or idler pulley, but they were cheap enough parts to get and put in. 

If you have the $250-$300 to pay to have it done, go ahead, this was about a two hour job and $75.00 for the two parts.

The idler pulley of course did not have enough clearance between the frame pulley to remove the bolt:, so go:

    • loosen the motor mounts
    • find a 6 foot breaker bar (i used a chain link fence post)
    • Insert breaker bar between fram and engine (solid peice next to water pump)
    • Gently move the engine the 1/8 of an inch and remove pulley with bolt
    • repeat in reverse for re-installation, don't forget to tightent he motor mounts

The tensioner and pulley is sold as a unit.  This is a difficult task, due to the limited space.  3 Bolts.  the one on the bottom is easy, the two on top were quite difficult.  10mm Bolts, top 2 require the smallest ratchet you can find; I have a 1/4" set, so it worked nicely.  The smaller your hands the easier the job will be, I found it easier to get the top two bolts, from the top of the engine for both removal and installation.

Hopefully this solves the problem...

 

Monday, 05 May 2008 08:17:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  Windstar#
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