Serpentine belt replacement

Discussion in '1983 - 1988 Ford Ranger' started by jt6675, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. jt6675

    jt6675 New Member

    How in the world do you replace a serpentine belt on my 1988 Ranger 2.3L
    I have looked everywhere and just can not firgure this out.

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  3. shovelmike

    shovelmike New Member

    There should be a place on the tensioner to stick a 3/8 drive ratchet, unload the tensioner, off with the old and on with the new.
  4. OP

    jt6675 New Member

    Forgot to mention in front of my serpentine belt is the a seperatie drive belt for the A/C and goes around the fan.
  5. pobrejuanito

    pobrejuanito New Member

    Man, I have a 1985 Ford Ranger 2.3L and I am wondering the exact same thing. I looked and looked but I can't find it. I need to know how to release tension on both serpentine belts and I don't see a place that I can stick a 3/8 ratchet. It doesn't seem like it has a automatic tensioner.

    Can anyone help with some instructions?
  6. pobrejuanito

    pobrejuanito New Member

    Picture of my 2.3

    Where do I release tension?
  7. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    loosen the altenator and it will swing down and release the tension on that belt.... for the other belt you loosen the A/C compressor...
  8. pobrejuanito

    pobrejuanito New Member

    Thanks I'll try that.
  9. shovelmike

    shovelmike New Member

    I stand corrected, and Klinger nailed it.

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