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Belt tensioner 1998 Saturn SC2

Tensioner is shot. can I replace it? What tools would I need?

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Battery keeps going down, new battery last three months?Also screaming when started, had new belt installed and it started that.

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Yes you can replace it, you will need a set of metric wrenches and a ratchet.

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Serpentine belt is lose, how do you tighten the tensioner pulley on a 1998 saturn sl2


have to replace belt and belt tensior, automatic tension set up belts probrably worn out n stretch out

Sep 24, 2011 | 1998 Saturn SL

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Hi when are you supose to change the serpentine belt on a 2001 Saturn SC2? My SC2 has almost 51,000 miles on it with the orginal belt? Thanks,


The manufacture recommends a serpentine belt replacement every 50,000 miles. However, your serpentine belt should be inspected often for cracks, rips or warping. This can also tell you if you have a pulley that is malfunctioning. Also when you have your serpentine belt off spin your pulleys and make sure they spin free with no hang ups. If you get a hangup you may need to replace that pulley. If you want to replace the serpentine belt yourself here are the steps you take to replace it. This will save you around $50 in labor charges.
  1. You will need a 15mm wrench.
  2. Next you will want to make a diagram of the position of the belt in relation to each pulley. This is important because the belt only goes on one way.
  3. Put the wrench on on the tension pulley
  4. Pull the wrench towards the car releasing the tension on the belt
  5. Slide the belt off
  6. Slowly let the tension pulley release to it's start position
  7. Get the old belt and new belt and compare the two in size, and the amount of groves they have. The belts should be an exact match with the exception that the old belt may be minutely longer from being stretched during use.
  8. Set the new belt on a few pulleys per your diagram
  9. Now get the wrench again and place it on the tension pulley and pull towards the car placing the rest of the belt on the pulleys exactly as the diagram says.
  10. Release the tension pulley gently.
  11. Now you want to inspect how the belt is laying on the pulleys. Make sure the belt is on nice and even and exactly as the diagram says.
  12. Providing all is well to this point turn your car on and go inspect the belt with the engine running and make sure it is staying on the pulleys as it should.
  13. That should be it. 15 minutes and you saved $50. I will upload a diagram for your Car and engine as well.
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Mar 23, 2011 | Saturn SC2 Cars & Trucks

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I need to know where the tensioner is located so i can tighten my alternator belt


there is a tensioner for the serpentine belt, it is spring loaded so it adjusts by itself. if the belt is loose then the spring in the tensioner has gone south. you need a new tensioner, about 50 bucks but replacing it is beyond normal owner servicing. there are many videos of folks replacing tensioners on youtube. note the tools they have, and most videos are shot from under a lift. if you have all those on hand, then you would not have asked the question. buy the part and take it to a repair shop.

Jan 18, 2011 | 1993 Saturn SL2

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Directions for replacing the belt on 1998 Saturn sl2


Get a new belt, you will need to know whether SL2 DOHC or SL1 SOHC and whether or not you have A/C to get the proper belt. Remove the right front tire and put car on a jack stand, remove the plastic service panel behind the wheel. There is a little picture on the radiator cross member of a wrench on the tensioner. You are going to have to get a long open end wrench on the tensioner, and make it longer with a homemade extender, relax the tensioner and have a helper then pull the belt off. Replace with new belt by reversing process. The dog bone mount will be in your face behind the service panel you may want to replace it while you are at it and the tensioner too if it has not already been replaced.

Oct 25, 2010 | 1998 Saturn SL

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Remove the serpentine belt out of 98 saturn


you have a belt tensioner that you have to release to get belt off. you can get tool cheap from canidian tire or part souce

Apr 25, 2010 | 1998 Saturn SL

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1997 Saturn SC2 squeals very loud the first 3-5miles


Try replacing the belt tensioner. Comes out easily, once you figure out access to it. Remove inspection panel inside front passenger side wheel well. Tensioner is right there, two bolts. If the spring gets weak, the belt will squeak.

Feb 15, 2010 | 1997 Saturn SL

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Need to replace the belt tensioner


The spring in the tensioner is probably broken and needs to be replaced.

Feb 05, 2010 | 1993 Saturn SC1

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Have a 1998 saturn sl1 stick shift with a loose serpentine belt. Can I tighten it myself and if so what kind of tool do i need


it has an automatic tensioner that tensions it no adjustment needed if it has slack either the tensioner is worn out or something else is broke.

Aug 05, 2009 | 1998 Saturn SL

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Altinator belt


The belt, most likely is shot...just get it replaced. Your car comes equipped with a "tensioner" pulley that keeps the belt tight all the time. Unless you have mechanical experience, I really do NOT recommend trying this job at home...Just DON'T GO TO THE DEALERSHIP!
Good Luck

Jun 23, 2009 | 1992 Saturn SC

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When pressing brake pedal on a 1998 saturn sc2


if it has been over 40,000 miles the drive belt may need to be replaced

Feb 07, 2009 | 1998 Saturn SC

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