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Replacing puley on tensioner

Tensioner will not move with tool or pry bar cant get bolt off to replace pulley

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You may need an impact socket, an alternative method is to use a torch, a simple map gas should expand it loosening the bolt.

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Replace power steering belt

You should have a serpentine belt (one continuous multi-grooved belt) on that model in which case the easiest way is to get (or borrow) the special tool (a long bar with a place to install a socket) to back the tensioner off enough to slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Install in the reverse order using the wrench back the tensioner pulley back enough to get the belt over the last pulley then release the tensioner - it will automatically provide the proper tension. If it a single V-belt then look for a bolt or bolts you can loosen and slide the power steering pump toward the motor and remove the old belt then install the new one, carefully pry the pump back into place and tighten the bolt(s). This should work on most vehicles.

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2004 Pilot timing belt replacement

(for the 105,000 mile timing belt service)

Part List :
-Timing belt: 14400-P8A-A02
-Adjuster automatic (hydraulic tensioner): 14520-P8E-A01
-Adjuster - timing belt: 14510-PGE-A01
-Idler pulley - timing belt: 14550-P8A-A01 (OR) 14550-PGE-A01 (there are 2 numbers listed)
-Alternator/Compressor belt: 38920-P8F-A02
-Power steering belt: 56992-P8A-A01
-O-RING (8.8X1.9): 91302-GE0-000
-Fender trip clips (X7): 91501-S04-003

Special Tools Needed:
Honda Crankshaft Pulley Removal Tool
3/4" breaker bar

-Remove tire and place the Pilot on a jack stand.

-Remove the clips holding the fender liner and lower splash shield in place (x7) and fold them out of the way.

-Make sure the #1 piston is on top dead center using the marks on the crank pulley and lower timing belt cover (19mm in the crank pulley).

-Remove the Alternator-Compressor belt (14mm boxend) & Power Steering belt. (2-12mm and 1-12mm tensioner bolt)

-Loosen the crank pulley. If you have an impact wrench or a long breaker bar it makes it easier to remove the bolt. You will also need a special tool crankshaft pulley holder (50mm) (19mm and special tool).

-Remove the side engine mount bracket (5-14mm bolts).

-Remove the crankshaft pulley.

-Remove the oil dipstick & tube (10mm).

-Remove the front & rear 'upper covers' of the timing belt housing, moving the wire harness out of the way first (5-10mm bolts for each cover).

-Remove the lower cover (7-10mm bolts).

-Remove the engine mount bracket that is bolted to the block (3-14mm bolts).

-Remove the hydraulic tensioner (2-10mm bolts).

-Remove the tensioner pulley (you will reuse the inner sleave) (14mm bolt).

-Remove the idler pulley bolt (14mm bolt with thread locker on it) (I used Loctite 242 during the reinstall because I had it on the shelf).

-Remove the timing belt.

-Before installing a new timing belt, make sure the pulleys, belt guide plate, upper & lower covers are clean and check to see if the crank and cams have rotated (mine did not move).

-The install is the reverse order of removal (make sure you torque everything correctly!)

-The removal of the lock pin in the hydraulic tensioner gave me a little trouble so I used pliers.

-Once the crank pulley is back on, check the lower timing mark (and the cam marks) before the top covers are installed.

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I need to change out my alternator on a 2005 V6 Escape. Do you have picture instructions available for a DIY?

  1. Raise the hood and use the battery wrench to disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Insert the belt tensioner tool into the belt tensioner and carefully pry the tensioner pulley off the belt. Move the belt off the alternator pulley with your free hand.
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the alternator, using the pocket screwdriver to release the retaining clip in the connector and then pulling the connector out of the port in the alternator. Unbolt and remove the ground wire using the socket set.
  4. Use the socket set to unbolt the alternator. Hold the alternator in place with one hand while pulling the bolts out with your other hand once you have loosened the bolts enough to do so.
  5. Lift the old alternator out of the engine well and compare it to the replacement alternator. Make sure the two are identical by verifying the bolt holes are in the same positions and the wiring connector is in the same position on each.
  6. Place the new alternator in position and hold it there with one hand while you thread the bolts in with the other. Once the bolts can support the weight of the alternator, tighten them using the socket set.
  7. Plug the wiring connector into the replacement alternator and reattach the ground wire using the socket set.
  8. Use the tensioner tool to move the tensioner pulley away from the belt once more and slip the belt over the replacement alternator's pulley. Release the pressure on the tensioner tool carefully and remove it from the engine well after you have made sure the belt is seated on all the pulleys.
  9. Reconnect the battery cable and start the engine. Watch the belt to make sure it is traveling around the pulley path correctly before driving the vehicle.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but this should get you on your way.

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I'm trying to change the belts for my 92 tercel but some how cant find the tension pulley. Can anyone please help me. I need to change both belts.

It appears that your car is equipped with multiple v-belts, rather than a serpentine belt so there most likely aren't tensioner pullies. Here is some general info that may help.

Alternator To adjust the tension of the alternator drive belt on older models, loosen the pivot and mounting bolts on the alternator. Using a wooden hammer handle, or a broomstick as a prying device, move the alternator one way or the other until the proper tension is achieved. Do not use a screwdriver or any other metal device such as a pry bar, as a lever. Newer models use a tension adjusting bolt. Loosen the pivot bolt and the locking bolt, then turn the tension adjusting bolt until proper tension is achieved. Tighten the bolts securely, run the engine about minute, stop the engine then recheck the belt tension. Air Conditioning Compressor A/C compressor (always use caution when working near the A/C compressor to avoid damaging the refrigerant lines) belt tension can be adjusted by turning the tension adjusting bolt which is located on the compressor tensioner bracket. Turn the bolt clockwise to tighten the belt and counterclockwise to loosen it. Air Pump To adjust the tension of the air pump drive belt, loosen the adjusting lever bolt and the pivot bolt. Move the pump in or out until the desired tension is reached. NOTE: The tension should be checked between the air pump and the crankshaft pulley on cars without air conditioning. On cars with A/C the tension should be checked between the compressor and the crankshaft pulley. Power Steering Pump Tension on the power steering belt is adjusted by means of an idler pulley (some models may use just a lower adjusting bracket setup, similar to the alternator adjustment service procedure). Loosen the lock bolt and turn the adjusting bolt on the idler pulley until the desired tension is felt, then tighten the lock bolt.

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How to remove alternator on a 2005 range rover

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How do I release the tension pully so I can replace belt on a 95 Taurus

The tension pulley on this vehicle is spring loaded. You can either place a pry bar on the tensioner pulley and move it for belt removal or you can use a socket on the pulley bolt to move it. Either way do not allow the tensioner pulley to snap back after belt removal. That is a good way to take the skin off your knuckles.

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Im trying to replace my serpentine belt on my 98 ford escort ZX2,How do I do this,any diagrams available and which pully is the tention one

There will be a tensionor pully, that is a pulley that is connected to an arm that is spring loaded in order to produce tension on your belt. By releasing tension on this pully, you can remove the belt. The pulley will have a way to do this using hand tools. Most have either a bolt head you can grip with a pry bar and the appropriate size socket, some have a square hole where the socket - drive pry bar will fit directly, but the age old plain pry bar can be used by itself to release the tension. This should be done with two people if possible, one to release the tension while the other removes the belt...
Here is a link to the diagram of your serpentine belt layout...

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Cant find drive belt tensioner bolt to loosen serpintine belt

The serpentine belt tensioner / pulley is on the front of the engine, and part of the belt 'routing'.

Its job is to put tension on the belt as it drives the other devices like the power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor.

It is an aluminum casting that mounts with a single bolt to the engine. The pulley is attached to the arm.

There are a few ways to move / pry the arm inwards, thus releasing the tension on the belt for removing/installing: grab on the pulley bolt (15mm?) with a wrench, or some later models have an opening for a 3/8th socket wrench to attach to directly without a socket.

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The tensioner is a little pulley.You would see the smooth side of the belt running on it.This puley carries a bolt to fit a socket.If you have enough room to fit a wrench or socket you press hard on it you will see it flexes.If there is not enough room you go to auto store and buy the tool for belt release.This is not expensive.It is basically a long flat bar with sockets to fit on the end.One of those sockets will fit.e-mail me at KPHULESAR@COMCAST.NET

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Cant release tension on drive belt on a 96 chevy s10

The tensioner is spring loaded there is a tool that is made for them that you can get at auto zone or almost any auto parts store. The tensioner will have a square hole in it or you use the bolt that hold the idler pulley on it and just get your tool on it and just put some pressure on it it will move . you don't have to loosen any bolts for it .

Feb 23, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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