Question about 2001 Mazda Protege
I am trying to loosen the tension bolts on the underside of the PS pump. The hardest part seems to be loosening the bolt that goes thru the slotted tension bracket. It appears to be a 14mm bolt and I cannot seem to get it to budge, I am wondering if it is "left hand" thread?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You've got to loosen the mounting bolt first, which is located behind the pulley itself. Rotate the pulley until the large opening allows access to the bolt, then use a socket with a narrow head to turn the bolt, just until it starts to turn freely.
Then there are two locknuts on the adjuster; one right near the mounting bolt and one underneath towards the middle of the pump. Loosen both of those, and then *finally* you'll be able to turn the adjusting bolt that faces the front end of the car on the end of the adjuster arm. It's a long bolt; just keep turning that thing until the belt loosens enough to come off the pulley.
Best of luck!
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
SOURCE: Serpentine Belt
Hi triple b,
The tensioner is loosened with a slow application of force. No prybar necessary.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
there is nothing to loosen on the inside, just the lines and bolts on the outside. It just has a rod that fits between it and the pedal.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
I don`t know that there is a bolt to loosen the belt tension.There should be a automatic tensioner that you pull back and hold to remove the belt.
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
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Excessive belt tension will cause damage to the alternator and water pump pulley bearings, while, on the other hand, loose belt tension will produce slip and premature wear on the belt. Therefore, be sure to adjust the belt tension to the proper level.
To adjust the tension on a drive belt, loosen the adjusting bolt or fixing bolt locknut on the alternator, alternator bracket or tension pulley. Then move the alternator or turn the adjusting bolt to adjust belt tension. Once the desired value is reached, secure the bolt or locknut and recheck tension.
Fig. . . . then remove the alternator belt from the engine
Fig. . . . then remove the power steering belt from the engine
Fig. Accessory V-belt routing-Mitsubishi 3.5L and 1998-00 3.0L SOHC Galant engines
ALTERNATOR AND A/C COMPRESSOR
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Route the belt over the pulleys.
Fig. Removing the A/C and P/S pump belt-1.8L engine
Fig. Alternator belt-1.8L engine
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