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Tensioner Removal Ok, I located the tensioner wheel and used a 15 metric wrench to loosen the wheel so that i maybe able to loosen tension for the belt. With doing this it had no effect on the the tensioner. My question is there is a bolt that is in the center of the tensioner that mounts it to the engine. I need to know what size bolt and what type of socket should I be using? I tried a great Neck T47, but it slips out and I dont want to strip it.

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The 15 mm that is on the tension pulley is not to be taken off. put the bolt back in snug. put the 15mm back on it and pull upwards on the bolt/pulley and that will remove the tension fro the belt enough to remove the belt. and do the same thing to install the new belt. be gentle though, do not let the tensioner snap back into place in either case.

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