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Re: replaceing serpentine belt and need slack on tention...
Under the hood on the radiator support bracket is a belt routing diagram.
To remove/install you will need a belt tensioner prybar.
Remove the belt tension by prying back on the tensioner using the nut in the middle of the black pulley in the following picture.....
It is pretty strong - you will need a really long handled wrench - or most autoparts stores sell/rent them.
Take not of the way your belt runs over/under pulleys.
Without more info on your truck.... engine size, options etc... we cannot provide an accurate routing diagram.
The parts store that has your belt will also supply you with the routing diagram.
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Hey Outbackski, its not really hard to do FIRST take a photo of how the belt is routed (lots of them ),you may see a diagram under hood ,and it should show you a tentioner pulley , that does all the adjustment for you , it will have a 3/8 -to 1/2 square hole in it put your ratchet in it and eather push or pull on it and you will see you have slack in belt, look very careful how it comes off ,and replace with new one, after you get the new one on ,and your back to the tentioner ,apply force on ratchet, and slip belt over itit might be tight but it will go on if you did it right.
good luck .
If the serpentine belt is vibrating a little this will be from a stretched belt or the tentioner arm spring getting weak. Had the same thing on my truck just the other day. If you look down while the belt is rotating and see if that arm is giving slack when it should not be. The other thing it could be is a pully starting to hang up just enough to catch the belt a little bit.
Remove belt and test pulley by spinning them. All should spin freely minus the crank pulley.
Look at the belt and see if there are cracks, rips, tears or excessively worn in it. If there are a few noticeable cracks around the inside of the belt then replace it, it needs it anyway.
Now reach down to the tentioner and see if there is any play you can feel with your hand. If you can move that tentioner are easily with your hand the spring is weak and the entire are needs replaced. That's just one bolt in the center to replace that.
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The ventures serpentine belt can be removed and replaced by releasing pressure on the tensioner. Just take your large socket wrench and insert the square head into the square slot on the tensioner and use it to release tension on the belt. --------------For more detailed procedure with diagram and full procedure , click the link below :---http://howtobyme.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-serpentine-belt-on-2001.html-------------- This will help.thanks.Helpmech.
You mean your belt tentioner, serpentine belt, it is not adjustable if your belt is coming off you have a bad tentioner, bad pulley or your power stering pump is leaken and your belt is soaked, if oilly firts found your leak (most common is a hose from reservoir to pump) then replace belt with a cheap belt (had lost of trouble with Life time or hi dollar belts), in the mean time also inspect your tentioner if ani play side ways replace it, also remove idle pulley and spun it close to your ear, if any noise replace it, you may get away with a single item changed, but for trouble free time, replace all items: belt tentioner ($38) idle pulley($25) serpentine belt ($25)
That serpentine belt system is designed to have all pulies in place.. The tention pully keeps it tight.. If you remove one of the pullies - the tention pully will not adjust that far..
The only options are - find a somewhat shorter belt with maching matching width and thickness.. Or replace the air pump..
Not the greatest news - I know.. But it is what it is my freind ;o)
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All u need to do is put a wrench on the tention pully and turn it clockwise... this will relive the tention take off the old belt ....put on new one. repeat relive pressure again ...slip it on pully... and relese tention..... done! :)