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Unread 09-27-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Any Suggestions? 2000 Mustang V6 Belt Tensioner Removal?

I am attempting to remove and replace the old serpentine belt tensioner on my son's 2000 Mustang V6. I have the proper size Torx bit (T-55) and have attempted to loosen the bolt by turning counter clock wise (CCW) using an extension bar for leverage. Unfortunately this effort did not result in loosening of the Torx bolt. I then tried turning it clock wise (CW), however it again did not loosen the Torx bolt. I am affraid of stripping this bolt and need to know which is the proper way to loosen the bolt, CCW or CW? I have searched the internet for an answer to this and could not find any (unless I want to pay $38).
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try throwing heat on it, spray bottle of water and fire ext. ready just in case. I would bet it being standard thread (R.H.) it may have loctite on it
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I just checked my service manual. All it says is:

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Belt Tensioner —3.8L
  1. Remove the drive belt. For additional information, refer to Belt—3.8L in this section.
  1. Remove the belt tensioner.
    • Remove the bolt.
Installation
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Reinstall bolt to 60 lb-ft. I'd just spray some rust penetrant on there for a bit and then try the usual CCW. Clean off any overspray before reinstalling belt.
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try throwing heat on it, spray bottle of water and fire ext. ready just in case. I would bet it being standard thread (R.H.) it may have loctite on it
Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the heat.
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Reinstall bolt to 60 lb-ft. I'd just spray some rust penetrant on there for a bit and then try the usual CCW. Clean off any overspray before reinstalling belt.
I will also try the penetrating oil as well. Thanks
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