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Old 07-05-2007, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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need to change my fan belt

I need to change my fan belt
before it breaks
how does one change it with all that stuff in the way
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Re: need to change my fan belt

You have to remove the cooling fan shroud, fan, and fan stator. You'll need basic hand tools along with a 1 7/8 fan wrench.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: need to change my fan belt

And don't forget the sharp knife to cut the old belt off, in fraction of a second [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Re: need to change my fan belt

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And don't forget the sharp knife to cut the old belt off, in fraction of a second [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]

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Best to hold off on cutting the belt until you are sure you want to finish removing the other stuff and have the tools to do it! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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Re: need to change my fan belt

Look for the metal tab on the tensioner.... it resides at the bottom of the tensioner and is one of the few steel parts... the only one that isn't "round". Grab the belt just below the alternator pulley and pull real good... have an assistant push up on the metal tab... it will engage a slot in the tensioner arm and release the tension....

Remove the belt however you please.....

Back off the bolts holding the tensioner to the engine.... this will make it easier to feed the belt between the engine and the smooth pulley.... This may require some dexterity and one or two trips to beneath the engine to route the belt.....

If those damned folds in the belt fall the right way, this will take about 1/2 hour....
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I would seriously think about taking it to a dealer if you've never done it before. It can be done with patience. The only tricky part is getting the fan shroud off. Some techs cut the shroud near the top, where that seam is and install screws to hold it together. I drain a little coolant, disconnect the upper radiator hose and degas bottle hoses from the radiator, take out the two 8mm bolts from the top of the shroud, and use two pry bars to pull the shroud up. In doing this you risk busting off the degas bottle to radiator port on the top left of the radiator. That part is very brittle. If you break that you're SOL and have to buy a radiator from a dealer, last time I checked an aftermarket one wasn't available. Just something to think about to save headaches.
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Re: need to change my fan belt

Thanks for the help
Seems like allot of work but oh well
has to be done soon
Who ever designed these trucks should work on themselves too then design ( not some other person and then reports back )
I like the older trucks to work on
This crazy to do all that work to change a belt
I hope they get better on designing part for working on them soon if not the whole engine will be under the cab
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Re: need to change my fan belt

I have some instuctions on how to change the belt without removing anything. If you want me to dig them out let me know.I kept them because I knew one day I was gonna have to change it too.I sounded pretty easy so don't worry [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]
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Just be glad you don't have an Econoline. To remove the belt on a 6.0 E-Series the radiator and charge air cooler have to come out.
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Re: need to change my fan belt

This is what I found... Quote "I have found a way to change the belt in 30-45 min without removing anything but the belt.This sounds kinda shady but I promise it works,I have used this method twice on my truck and another time on my buddys.you will need a small ratchet strap similar the motorcycle type,the smaller the hooks the better.From the underside of the truck you can see the tensioner,place the hook into the pulley and attach the other end to the bumper mount making sure that the strap runs below the sway bar.Next tighten the strap until the belt is free to the point that it can be slid off the pulley,release the tension on the strap and remove the hook from the pulley.Now [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]remove the belt from the rest of the accessories,and reinstall the new belt,an extra pair of hands are good to have at this point.This sounds crazy I know but I promise it works and you won'thave to cut or dismantle anything."
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