I need to replace the serpentine belt on my '01 RR and I found this diagram online. The old belt is off...as it broke off on the way home (just spent about an hour unraveling the broken pieces from around the fan). A few questions:
1. Now that the old belt is off, do I need to worry about the "tensioner?" If so, according to the diagram above and what I see in my car, is that the far left most pulley (when standing in front of the car) that is attached to the engine by a bolt, that is bit to the right of the pulley....do I have to loosen that bolt? Or how does the tensioner otherwise loosen?
2. According to the diagram above, #5 is what's called the "idler pulley" and is in V8s only...I have a V8 (4.6 HSE), but it seems I don't have an "idler pulley" in that location (I do have one on the left by the tensioner pulley, #9 in the diagram) Look at the photo and where I am pointing (the pulley on the left side is the A/C Compressor pulley and on the right is the ACE pump. According to the diagram there should be a pulley below there). There seems to be a threaded hole there, but clearly no pulley. Am I supposed to have one there? Obviously the car ran without it. But I am concerned that when I get the proper serpentine belt for my '01 4.6 HSE it may be too long, as I may be missing a pulley? Maybe I myself am totally missing something here...maybe this is a dumb question....but that's why I am asking here. I seem to be one pulley short of this diagram...which is supposed to be a diagram for an '01 RR.
3. I am assuming I would start the install of the belt at the bottom with the crankshaft pulley, then slip the belt under the fan pulley, then work the belt around the pulleys on either sides ending with the highest pulley, the A/C compressor. This is what seems to make sense to me as I look at the diagram and at the pulleys in the engine. Or any other better way of attacking this?
4. Lastly, are there any other belts in this vicinity? I seem to recall another belt around there, and I don't see any other belts. Just wondering if when the serpentine belt broke perhaps the other(s) did too? I was unraveling a lot of belt scraps...so I am not sure. Looks like there aren't any other belts....but just wanted to ask to make sure.
If I had the new belt as I write this, I would just try it out. But I have to either order a belt or find it locally tomorrow (It's Sunday night as I write this, and wanted to get some answers before tomorrow).
P.S. I would reference RAVE, but I don't have it.