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Posted: 08/27/19 03:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2 questions... How hard is it to replace? And to make sure I get the right length, should I just go to the ford dealer?


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I feel they are pretty easy to replace, your results may vary. Not required to go to the dealer, not many stock belts anymore anyway. Get a quality belt, I like Gates personally, Napa also good (and possibly made by gates). If the routing diagram sticker is missing under the hood, draw it on a piece of paper before taking it off, it's very easy to get it confused if you try and go by memory. While it's off check all the idler pulleys for excessive play or dragging in bearing, they are cheap and easy to replace now. Good Luck!

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Posted: 08/27/19 08:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

U tube it as it is different than old v belts.

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I never changed a serp belt but I did have Gates as well as other aftermarket power steering belts jump off a Ford diesel. Ford checked the pulleys and they were fine, the OEM Ford power steering belts stayed on without any problem, on the same pulleys.
It might be worth looking into that to see if the V10 has been having any aftermarket serpentine belt problems like I had with the power steering belts.

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Posted: 08/27/19 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a couple pictures of the belt installation before you remove it.
It's more accurate than a drawing.

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A Ford mechanic once told me that Ford said that you didn't need to worry about cracks in the serpentine belts, and not to change them until they started to loose chucks of rubber.

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I took our 2004 E350 to the most popular auto repair place in our town with population 1000. That shop is so popular I had to wait for 2 months to get the belt changed. $100 Canadian.


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The serpentine belt on a V10 operates all of the engine accessories, the most critical of which is the water pump. When we first bought our 2003 Class C I bought a spare belt as a precaution. It is necessary to remove the air filter assembly to get to the spring loaded idler pulley and the alternator. As a pre-trip test, I tried using my 1/2" breaker bar to loosen the idler but was unable to do so due to space limitations. I bought a serpentine belt tool which worked great. Our spare belt is a Motorcraft 2C2E-8626-DC.

While a belt failure is a rare event we actually had it happen to us while camping at Pebble Creek about 20 miles from anywhere in the northeast corner of Yellowstone. When I started the engine in the morning there was a clunk followed by a whap, whap, whap sound. Upon opening the hood I discovered that a ground squirrel had been in the engine area and had been caught in the belt. The squirrel had paid the ultimate price and the belt was badly damaged. The spare belt and belt tool saved us that day.


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Posted: 08/27/19 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can remember the sequence of pulleys as you remove the belt it should go back on easy by reversing the sequence. By the time you get it done you will know how to do it in one-fifth the time but that will not even help next time 5+ years later.


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Changed the serpentine belt on my Class A F53 V10. Only hard part was had to do some from underneath (release idler pulley tension, AC compressor and IIRC power steering pump). Had to do the rest from up top. Pay attention to how it comes out and it is easy to put back. I carry a spare and use Gates belt and hoses


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