Removing Serpentine Belt in a Ford Explorer

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Loosen alternator pulley to reach the air conditioning compressor in a Ford Explorer. Learn more about replacing an air conditioning compressor in a 1996 Ford Explorer in this free auto repair video from a master mechanic.

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Today we're changing an air conditioning compressor on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step, I'm going to demonstrate the proper service procedure for removing your serpentine belt. Now what we have on the vehicle is one belt that runs all of the various accessories. In order to change our compressor, we're going to need to take the belt off of at least that pulley. Now the serpentine belt on this particular vehicle has a spring loaded auto tensioner. And the release mechanism for the auto tensioner fits the three-eighths head of a small socket wrench. Alright, what you're going to do is insert your three-eighths ratchet head into the tensioner and rotate downwards. You can see how we're developing slop on the belt just like so. And I'll show you one more time. We're going to rotate downwards and slip the belt off of the alternator pulley. You can then take and release your ratchet and work the belt off of your air conditioning compressor pulley. That is the proper service procedure for removing your serpentine belt.

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