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5.4L Tensioner pulley is broke!; F250SD, 2003

SO .....when I placed the 1/2" ratchet into the square hole, I pulled it "lefty-loosey" which is counter-clockwise, which I learned now, WAS THE WRONG WAY to pull it!  The housing around the square hole shattered.  WHAT DO I DO NOW?

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Cut it off with a cutting wheel just leave the stud sticking out so you can clamp a pie wrench or something on it to get it out.

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2000 Mustang V-6: New Sepentine Belt installed two years ago with very little mileage since (< 1000 miles) and the belt squeels upon engine exceleration. The tension seems way to low as I can easily...


Hi...if you can easily push on the belt then replacement of your tensioner is definitely needed. It has one bolt holding it in place and if you look carefully at the arm of the tensioner you should see a square hole that was designed to use either a 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet. Determine what size yours is and insert it into the square hole on the tensioner arm to loosen the tension on the serpentine belt to temporarily and partially remove it in order to remove your old tensioner and replace it with the new one. NOTE: You will have to determine which way to set your ratchet to release tension on your serpentine belt...either "Righty = Tighty" or "Lefty = Loosey"! Next bolt on your new tensioner and again use your rachet to release tension in order to get your serpentine belt back on. Just be careful as your new tensioner will have way more spring power! Any questions just ask.

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The instructions I have for insalling the tensioner say "The tensioners are equipped with a square hole on the tensioner to rotate the tensioner arm for installation. A 1/2" socket driver wrench...


Yes, you use a long 1/2" ratchet or breaker bar
in the 1/2" square hole to release the belt tension

Don't need torque specs

I doubt you even own a torque wrench

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How do you loosen the alternator belt on a 2002 gmc denali


With a single serpentine belt most gm models have a belt tensioner which has a small square hole in the tensioner. You put a 3/8 inch drive ratchet in the hole and pull up or push down to release the tension off the belt. Once you have released the tension pull belt off of one pulley and you can ease up on ratchet and take ratchet out.

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Want to know how to change out the serpentine belt step by step


You will need a 3/8 drive ratchet to put in square hole in belt tensioner. The tensioner is located just below power steering pump and a little to right. Check for belt orientation and diagram on front of engine bay. Push or pull ratchet to loosen tensioner. Remove belt. When installing new belt, flat side of belt rides on flat pulleys and the grooved part of belt rides on grooved pulleys. Install belt around all pulleys except power steering and tensioner pulleys, loose tensioner and install belt on last two pulleys.

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Can't get serpertine belt on


if you know routing around pulleys the belt tensioner pulley should have a square hole or bolt head to place a ratchet pull tensioner to let belt fit around pulleys when in place release tensioner presser will hold belt in place with motor running look for correct tracking and alignment of belt around pulleys

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How do I loosen the belt for the power steering and alternator? What bolts need to be loosened etc.?


There is a belt tensioner somewhere in the loop that the serpentine belt travels. Look for a pulley that is not running anything (like the power steering, alternator, etc). Either in the center of that pulley or on the arm that the pulley is attached to will be a square hole that is the same size as the square peg in a 1/2" Ratchet. Put the ratchet in the hole and have in the loosen position and then pull. That will loosen the tensioner releasing the tension on the belt enough to get it off. Take note of the path of the belt so you know how to put it back on when you are putting it back together.

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Diagram for removing a tensioner from 99 Olds Intrigue 3.8


Either in the center of the tension pulley or on the arm that the tension pulley is bolted to there is a square hole that is the size of the square on a 1/2" ratchet. Take a 1/2" ratchet and stick it in that hole and I think most of them you put it in the tighten position and pull on the ratchet. the tension will release and you can remove the belt.

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Oct 12, 2009 | 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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Serpintine belt replacepent


Installation > 5.9L Diesel Engine 5.9L Diesel Engine
WARNING Do not attempt to check belt tension with a belt tension gauge on vehicles equipped with an automatic belt tensioner.

Drive belts on diesel engines are equipped with a spring loaded automatic belt tensioner. This belt tensioner will be used on all belt configurations, such as with or without air conditioning.
  1. Depending on the year of the vehicle, a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch square hole is provided in the automatic belt tensioner. Attach a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch drive-long handle ratchet to this hole.
  2. Rotate ratchet and tensioner assembly clockwise (as viewed from front) until tension has been relieved from belt.
  3. Remove belt from water pump pulley first.
  4. Remove belt from vehicle.

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WARNING When installing the accessory drive belt, the belt must be routed correctly. If not, engine may overheat due to water pump rotating in wrong direction. The correct belt with correct length must be used. Position drive belt over all pulleys except water pump pulley.


  1. Attach a 1/2 inch ratchet to tensioner.
  2. Rotate ratchet and belt tensioner clockwise. Place belt over water pump pulley. Let tensioner rotate back into place. Remove ratchet. Be sure belt is properly seated on all pulleys.

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Describe your 1999 Chrysler Town & Country Problem, Belt replacement , cna't seem to get belt tensioner to move when trying to remove belt.


The belt tensioner actually has a locking feature on it. Once the tensioner is in place you are supposed to tighten the bolt center of the tensioner pully which locks in in place. Try loosening this bolt slightly and then moving the tensioner.

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How do you change a serpentine belt on a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero?


Brute force - you have to pry up the tensioner pulley. The way we did it was put the belt over the alternator and A/C compressor, and get it back in place around the main bearing pulley. Then we took a bar and forced up the tensioner and slid the belt over the main bearing pulley. Voila . . .

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