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Installed new tensioner for serpintine belt, can't take tension off belt , it will not move in counter clockwise direction like its supose to, why ?

New belt tensioner installed, bolt tightened, using a 1/2" drive rachet, I apply upward, counterclockwise direction, tensioner will not move ! should the mounting bolt be loosened ?

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You can look at tensioner and see which way it will turn,with racket,you may have to turn from below.It is a tight fit but bolt doesn't need to be loose.

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It sounds like you have an auto tensioner. There is a square hole in the bracket the tensioner is mounted on. Put a breaker-bar drive or ratchet-drive (3/8 or 1/2) in that hole -- this will allow you to move the tensioner so you can get the belt around the water pump.

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It's spring activated. Look for a pulley at the end of a lever. That's the tensioner pulley. Put a wrench/socket on it and move it away from the belt. Use caution, as I stated, it's spring loaded/activated. That's how it keeps constant pressure on the serpentine belt. Check under the hood for a routing diagram for re-installation. Or draw a quick sketch.

Hope this helped. I wasn't more precise, as I don't know which engine/options you have in it.

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