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Trying to change the serpentine belt on a 1995 Tahoe 5.7L- how do I release tension on the belt?

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I don;t have this vehicle available to me but there should be an idler puller with an automatic tensioner, a 3/8 breaker bar or t handle should slot into the pulley, lift anticlock wise and remove belt.

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    I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions.

    I do not know if you still need this information, however I am answering it in case you still do.


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    http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_information/year/2002/make/chevrolet/model/tahoe/2002_chevrolet_tahoe_drive_belt_routing_diagram.htm

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