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Old 12-19-2008, 13:19   #1 (permalink)
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1996 3.8 Liter mustang tensioner pulley removal

I have a 96 3.8 Liter mustang. The bearing has gone bad on my tensioner pulley. I am trying to remove only the pulley, not the entire tensioner assembly.
Does anyone know if the bolt on the pulley is regular or reverse threaded? Also, is there a way to lock the tensioner arm in order to get the pulley off? Thanks.
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Re: 1996 3.8 Liter mustang tensioner pulley removal

Easiest way to check which way the bolt will come out. Mark a white line on the serpentine belt with chalk. Start the car and note the direction of chalk line travel on the belt.

If the belt is traveling clockwise:

pulley above the belt- counter-clockwise thread
pulley below the belt- clockwise thread

If the belt is traveling counter-clockwise:

pulley above the belt: clockwise thread
pulley below the belt: counter-clockwise thread

If someone finds me wrong- please chime in. This has worked for me so far.
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