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Serpentine belt how do you relieve the pressure of the tension bar to replace the serpentine belt?

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  • midget778 Apr 27, 2013

    as for the solution how do you get to the tensioner square do you need to remove the front fender?


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You need a 3/8 drive socket wrench put it in the tensioner square and pull it it should free the belt or if you have one with a socket just put a socket on the 3/8 not remove the bolt thats attached to the engine you will spring the tensioner and it will no longer work..u want to use the pully that the belt is actually on

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