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Timing belt to loose

Alt not charging battery, belt to loose how do i tighten the belt so that it works properly

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  • marlenemp78 Jan 12, 2009

    timing belt to loose how do i tighten it

  • marlenemp78 Jan 12, 2009

    not sure how to loosen it and will it run properly if the ac is bypassed

  • marlenemp78 Jan 12, 2009

    how do i loosen the alternator and will the vehicle run properly if the ac is by passed

  • marlenemp78 Jan 12, 2009


    i dnt know anything about cars so change the ? to if the alt belt...

  • marlenemp78 Jan 12, 2009


    alt belt than...


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Loosen the alternator and use a prybar to put tension on it and tighten it back up in place.

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  • Ronnie Houston Jan 12, 2009

    the timing belt wouldnt have anything to do with the battery not charging. how can the timing belt be too loose? dont you mean the alternator belt?

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 12, 2009

    the timing belt does not go around your ac unit the alternator belt does.the timing belt is no where near the ac unit

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 12, 2009

    you dont need to bypass the ac but if you are trying to do so intentionally you need to buy a belt that is equipped for a motor without the ac. i told you to loosen the alternator by loosening the two bolts that hold it in place just enough for it to move the take a prybar or long screwdriver and push until the belt is tight and then keep it there and tighten it back down


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