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I have a 1992 saab 9000 with a 2.3l turbo engine with a loose belt. i don't see an easy way to tighten. do you have a solution? Thanks, Den

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    I have the same problem and it looks like the idler pulley is broken



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Hi den the 2.3 has a hydulic tensioner that is non ajustable if the belt is lose this will need replaceing

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I just replaced the belt and alternator . the saab has a belt tensioner with a damper (looks like a little shock). you can't adjust the belt, you need to replace it

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