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My car is a VW golf Gti mk3 8v 2.0L, Alternator / water pump drive belt has snapped and been lost. I have new belt but I'm unsure of routing around the 3 pulleys. does the alternator act as the tensioner??

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  • harryglan Feb 14, 2009

    I have a similar problem on my MK3 8v 1.8L. The belt is frayed and needs to be replaced. The problem is the alternator belt runs inside the water pump belt so I think you need to remove that before you can fit the new belt! The alternator pushes down on a spring that tensions it. It's an absolute pig to get the altrenator belt back over the pulley! In fact I can't get the belt back on the pully with the spring removed! Garage job me-thinks!

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    how do you get the power steering belt of



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Loosen the alternator and push the alternator to-wards the engine,put your new belt on ,fitting around the 3 pulleys once fitted look and see that the belt is in line.If your happy the belt is lined put a small bar between the engine and alternator and force the alternator out towards the front this should tension your belt tighten bolts on alternator.;at the longest point between two pullys in the middle of the belt move belt up and down with fingers if tension is right it should not move more than about 150ml,hope this helps you.adrian

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