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How do I replace a tension arm pulley on 1997 Saturn sedan? Please provide any links and how-to's. Thanks in advance.

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This is easier done through the passenger wheel well with the tire and splash shield removed. Remove the belt, remove the two bolts holding the tensioner to the engine. Sometimes it helps to remove the motor mount and jack up the engine a little to get a the bolt closest to the fron t of the vehicle. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using FixYa.com!

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SOURCE: pulley belt tension repairs 1997 saturn

Tensioner is attached with 2 10mm bolts at block.place jack under oil pan,remove upper engine mount,jack engine up slightly to gain access to tensioner.it's easier if you remove the pulley bolt & pulley first then the 2 10mm bolts.

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only the outside pulley needs to coime off not the cam belt sprocket ,from the sound of it ?? i feel you should entrust this job to the local garage because if you make a mistake you will crunch the valves into the pistons

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It depends what is being replaced, timing belt, tensioner, belt, pullies, oil seals. Doesnt your car have a timing chain?

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SOURCE: 1996 Saturn the belt pulley located towards the

if it is attached to a spring loaded arm it is a tension puller, otherwise it is an idler, the idler is known to be an issue, you can unbolt it easy enough but is a bit tricky squeezing it past the wheel well unless you jack up the engine a little bit.bring the old pulley with you when you go for a new one just to be sure they give you the right one.

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