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Changing Serpentine Belt

I tried to loosen the tension the typical way but couldn't get any slack in the belt. I turned the nut the opposite way (Counter clockwise) and the bolt is loosening. Do I need to let it loosen to get it to release the tension? Or am I doing something wrong?

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That bolt keeps the belt tensioner on. There are two bolts on a typcial tensioner. One to keep the pully on, the other to keep the whole asembly on. Since it's a GM, you should either see a square hole, around 3/8 in or a raised slot. You can put a 3/8 braker bar in the hole and you push it to remove the tension. No need to remove any bolts. Or, there could be a slot sticking out on it, you can put a wrench on it and push it to remove tension. When there is no tension, you slip off the belt from any pully, i prefeer slipping it off a top pully for easier access, and same for instaliton. Set the new bet up the way your old one was exepct for the highest pulley, remove the tension from tensioner, slip belt back on last pully and let the tensioner do it's job. If you remove the bolt that keeps the tensioner on, it will pop off and easily hurt yourself. After the new belt is on, make sure it is on correctly. There are small ribs on the inside of the belt, if those aren't in the groves properly of all the pullies, the belt will not last as long.

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