98 S Belt Squeal
When I started my 1998 Explorer XLT last night a squeal started up as
Ok, I guessed the fan/accessory/serpentine belt (what are they called
these days?) is loose, also confirmed as my "volts" gauge was
indciating towards the low side.
Lifted the hood this morning - and found I could deflect the belt
several inches on the longest side (near the a/c compressor) with what
looks like an tension adjustment idler under the alternator moving back
and forth on it's arm as I deflected the belt.
Question: is this idler the tension adjuster?
If yes, is it manually set or under spring tension to automatically
keep the belt tight?
If it's spring tension, then I'm guessing that it's not repairable and
will need to be replaced?
Any help appreciated, it's Saturday morning here (Australia) so the
Ford Dealer is shut, I'm 130km's away from home at my workplace so I
really need to know is there anything I can do to get myself home on
Sunday night after my shift ends or will it be a matter of waiting
until Monday when the dealer opens?