1996 Ford Taurus Tighten Drive Belt
The only time you will ever need to tighten the drive belt on your 1996 Taurus is when you are replacing a worn-out drive belt with a new one. This is because the vehicle is equipped with an automatic tensioner pulley that will constantly adjust the belt to the appropriate tension once the belt is installed over the pulley.
 Tools Used
|Ratchet and Socket|
|Replacement drive belt|
 Tighten Drive Belt
- Open the hood of your Taurus and make a note of how the drive belt is threaded through the pulleys. You will need to place the new drive belt in the exact same position.
- Use your ratchet and socket to pull the tensioner pulley -- located on the left side of the engine face -- to the left. This will release the tension on the drive belt and allow you to remove it from the engine.
- Place the new drive belt over the engine pulleys in the same configuration you noted in step one.
- Pull the tensioner pulley back and slip the drive belt over the pulley wheel.
- Release the tensioner pulley. It will automatically apply the correct tension to the drive belt.