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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-23-2010 Thread Starter
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2000 3.8L Mustang-belt tensioner bolt Right or Left handed?

Replacing my tensioner assy and can not break the bolt loose. Is it right handed or left? I sprayed it with PB a half hour ago and searched this forum for tensioner. Seems the question was asked several times but never really answered. Please save me from snapping it off..........

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010
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I have a 1996 with a 3.8 and when I was removing the pully it felt like it was getting tighter so I tested the other direction and sure enough it was left hand threads and came loose. Turning clockwise will loosen it.

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Correct. It is reverse threaded.....

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I appreciate the responses but just wanted to verify what you were removing. The pulley and it had left hand threads, or the whole assembly? I am trying to remove the tensioner assembly that the pulley is mounted to. It is a #55 torx bolt that goes through the pivot point for the assembly.

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Help - Belt tensioner

My G/F has a 1994 and the belt fell off, it had a bad idle wheel.
Anyway, I replaced the wheel, the new one is steel and a bit bigger, old was plastic, I can't seem to get the tensioner loose.

I read on this forum that it takes a #55 Torx, so I bout one, and reefed on it (getting maybe a 1/4 - 1/2 turn, now the Torx is bent.

Also they said the threads are reversed (left-hand) so I was turning clockwise.

What is the secret to loosening this tensioner, or putting the belt on???

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The tensioner arm is not reverse threaded, only the tension wheel bolt. The Tensioner arm requires a 55 Torx bit and I would suggest a breaker bar. This bolt is standard threaded so pull to the left.

I just did mine this weekend and I had to just apply constant pressure to the bolt until it started to give. You will know that you are doing it right when you hear the nice loud squeal of the metal rubbing together. I thought I was going to snap my breaker bar, but I finally got it. What ever you do, don't yank and release or you may snap it. Apply steady pressure.

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