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How do I tighthen my altenator belt on my 94 olds achivia s?

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Your car has a spring loaded belt tensioner. If the belt is loose it is either routed wrong or the tensioner is bad.

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Could you please tell me how to tighten my altenator belt on my 94 olds achiva s? Your help would be appreciated, thanks

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