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    Question about car repair

    My serpentine belt on my 2001 Ford Taurus 3.0L SE is squealing and I think it needs to be replaced. I need to know how to tell if the engine is a single overhead cam or dual overhead cam. I looked in the manual and couldn't find it and looked at the engine/under the hood to see and all it says is 3.0L V6 on the engine. Anyone know how I can figure this out?

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    It doesn't have overhead cams, it's an OHV, ie. uses pushrods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Vulcan_V6_engine
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    Thanks man. No wonder I couldn't find anywhere that told me about it. Ended up going to a local autoparts store and had the guy help me figure it out. New belt and not a squeak. Pinched the **** out of my index finger trying to get that ****er on though.
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    If it's dual overhead cam, it'll say DOHC on the plenum cover where you're seeing the 3.0L V6. That pretty much goes for any engine. DOHC is something they advertise.

    Your belt is probably just loose if it's squeaking. Unless the belt is looking overly faded and dry rotted, cracked, etc, you just need to tighten the tensioner.
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    The tensioner is spring loaded so I don't think there was anyway to tighten it. The best seemed pretty worn out. No cracks running parallel to the tracks but it a few spots looked to be cracking perpendicular. Got the new one for like $25 which is worth not having an annoyingly squeaky ass car to me.
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    Trust me. The squeak is from tension. The squeak is the pulleys slipping under the loose belt. But, a new belt never hurts..especially if it's cracked.
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