2002 Taurus tensioner pulley bolt stripped - need help
2002 Taurus 3.0L OHV
Changing the idler pulley I thought was making noise. Removed the belt, changed the pulley OK. Put the belt back on the wrong way. Once I figured out that the belt was on wrong, put my 15mm wrench on the tensioner bolt and it just kept turning and turning...so I am assuming its stripped. (By stripped I mean the threads on the pulley bolt, not the actual bolt head.)
I ordered the tensioner itself. (not just the pulley but the whole tensioner).
Any guidance on how to get this thing off and on? Any special tools I might need? I cant hardly get my hands in there.
As a side note, the tensioner was extremely difficult to turn and release pressure off the belt. Im a pretty strong guy and could not do it with a regular wrench...I had to make a cheater bar.
Any info is appreciated.
Last edited by markh28; 05-27-09 at 12:40 PM.
Reason: Clarified what was "stripped"