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Default How Hard is it to Replace a 2005 Mustange V6 Serpentine Belt?

Anybody know how hard it is to change out the serpentine belt on a '05 V-6 Mustang? Dealer wants $140...

What about the pressure or tightness of the belt after you replace?
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Welcome to AFM! It's a pretty straightforward process. There should be a diagram for routing the belt under the hood or in the manual. You'll need a breaker bar to release the tension and if the tensioner is in good working order then you'll have no slack issues afterwards. Just take your time to make sure it's routed correctly and routed properly and you'll feel good saving the install fee!
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welcome to the forums. you didnt say why you are replacing it. there are only a couple reasons to replace the belt. cracks from age or its stretched beyond the 2 gauge lines located on your tensioner pulley or its damaged. on the tesioner bracket there is a square hole you can put a 3/8"ratchet into and put leverage on the tensioner with one hand, slipping the belt off that pulley with the other hand. its pretty easy. never use belt dressing on a serpentine belt.
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Ford tech said that it was squeaking. And then the service writer said it was cracked. I told my son, that if it is cracked then we should be able to do this without a problem. We will have to take a look at it this weekend and see if it is really cracked. I hate dealerships... They charged him $779 to do a 60K service and drain/flush the brake system.

When he went to Pick it up, they said that it was also going to need the power transmission fluid line to be replaced because it was leaking. I haven't seen any spots on the drive way yet, but I haven't gotten in there and looked either.

Is there a certain amount of tension that it needs prior to tightening?
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Ford tech said that it was squeaking. And then the service writer said it was cracked. I told my son, that if it is cracked then we should be able to do this without a problem. We will have to take a look at it this weekend and see if it is really cracked. I hate dealerships... They charged him $779 to do a 60K service and drain/flush the brake system.

When he went to Pick it up, they said that it was also going to need the power transmission fluid line to be replaced because it was leaking. I haven't seen any spots on the drive way yet, but I haven't gotten in there and looked either.

Is there a certain amount of tension that it needs prior to tightening?
You don't even tighten it. The tensioner arm is spring loaded and tightens the belt itself. There's no manual adjustment at all.

You can have it swapped in less than 5 min.
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Thanks, I will probably look at it this weekend. You know it is a $35.00 part and the dealer sure wants to dig it to you in labor...

And my son is only making $10 hr working, so it is his hard earned money that is going into his car.

Thanks to all for your help on this. Will let you know how it turns out...
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i was wondering if it was noise related, cause thats not a good sign. its common for the crank pulleys to come apart, mine and many others have too. take a close look at the frt of the pulley. if the rubber ring looks tattered, its likely coming apart, and that causes belt noise.

if you look at the groove side of the belt, little tiny cracks in between and across the ribs is actually not bad. if there are any little chunks chipped out of the ribs, 1/4" or longer it is bad. if you see cracks running with the belt on the smooth side, also bad.

check the lines on the tensioner bracket too for stretch.
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spray a little soapy water on it while its running(safely) and see if the squeaking stops,if it does youmight need a new belt
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