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Serpentine belt tensioner will not tighten

How do i tighten the belt tensioner on a 1994 chev cavalier 2.2 litre engine?

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  • Jim Cummings Mar 23, 2009

    Same problem. I bought a tensioner with a large plate. It looks like I'm going to have to remove the (crankshaft?) pulley to remove the tensioner bolt. The bolt is halfway into the pulley. No way to remove the bolt w/o removing the pulley. Does anybody know what hex size the crankshaft pulley uses?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    my 96 cavy with a 2.2 has no belt tensioner. how is that possible?

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If the tensioner will not keep the belt tight then the tensioner is bad and will need to be replaced. The spring on the inside will loose it's tension over time.

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Not a real easy one to do though.
Here is the guide from the manual.

  1. Disconnect negative battery cable and remove the coolant reservoir.
  2. Remove serpentine belt.
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There you are, I hope it helps.
Thank you for using FixYa.

KL

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