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1999 chevy cavalier 2 2 serpentine belt tensioner. Mounting bolt hits the frame before it clears the tensioner mount. forced the old one out but can't get the new tensioner up into the mount because the bolt appears too long. have tried every angle and short of cutting the bolt down 1/4 inch, it just isn't going to go. Any tips?

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Be more easier remove engine mount.but you need to raise support engine before remove engine mount.

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SOURCE: Changing Serpentine Belt on '01 Impala LS (3.8L)

Can u turn the nut in the opposite direction that u have been trying? U need a lot of leverage to get enough tension off to remove the belt. If u have enough room, add a pipe to the end of your wrench, u will need a lot of room to move the tensioner enough. U might have better luck buying the wrench made for that purpose at a parts store. I think I paid about 25 a couple years ago, I couldn't fit a regular socket and wrench on the tensioner, it was a very tight space.

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SOURCE: how to release tension on 1995 chevy 5.7L serpentine belt

Look at the diagram which should be on the radiator fan shroud.  This will show you the path the belt takes around the myriad pulleys on the engine.  There is a tensioner pulley whose only job is to maintain the tension of the serpentine belt.  It may be marked on the diagram.  If not, it is the pulley, usually near the top of the engine, that is not the air compressor, alternator, water pump, etc.  I have found that a box-end wrench or a socket wrench which fits the bolt on the pulley, is sufficient.  Just gently swing the pulley away from the belt slightly.  Just enough to release the tension so you can slide the belt off.  You don't have to worry about the bolt coming loose, as it should have far more torque holding it on than you'll put on it to release the belt tension.  Note, that once the belt is off, the tensioner will swing further than it was before, since the belt is not there to stop it.  So when you put the belt back on, you'll have to swing it back down/up to the same position it is in now, if not farther, since the new belt hasn't stretched.

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SOURCE: How to replace side mirror glass and frame ? 2002 Chevy astro van

It should snap out and the new one snap in. Most auto glass companies can order just replacement glass from burco mirror.

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SOURCE: how do I release the belt tension pully to replace serpentine belt

You can run down to your local auto parts store and buy a serp belt tool. Or you can take a 3/8 drive ratchet, locate the 3/8 square hole in your tensioner and put the ratchet in the hole. For more leverage I put a deep socket over the ratchet handle and put a long 3/8 extention in the deep socket. This will provide ample leverage and will save buying more tools you do not need. Simply move the tensioner to the direction that takes pressure off of the belt.

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SOURCE: Serpentine belt diagram for 2003 chevy cavalier 2.2l ohc

That pulley is the tensioner pulley. It is either manual or automatic. If it is a manual tensioner, the bracket that it is attached to it should have a square hole located on it bracket somewhere. This whole will look inoculous, but will be offset from the pulley. If you have a 3/4" socket wrench, you'll notice it fits nicely into this hole.

You use this hole (and the wrench) to twist the whole bracket and apply tension while you tighten the bracket itself down.

An automatic tensioner will have a spring inside and would pretty much work by itself when a belt of the proper length is installed. Your Hanynes manual would have already alerted you to how to adjust an automatic tensioner.

I hope that helps.

BTW, the tensioner pully usually rests on the back (flat) side of the belt and has no device attached to it.

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How to replace a serpentine drive belt tensioner on a 2002 pontiac sunfire w/ 2.2 engine ? it came apart and the bolt seems to long it is hitting the body or frame

(read this whole thing before you start - and remember you're following these directions at your own risk).

Sometimes I wonder if the people writing the directions have in fact actually done the work on their own cars, or are professional mechanics trying to be helpful, or are copying from somewhere else.

For instance, if they did it themselves on their own cars they'd probably tell you Don't Raise The Sunfire By The Oil Pan If You Can Help It, because it crushes the oil pan gasket and it will start leaking (if it isn't already). Pro mechanics will do that in part because the oil pan won't start leaking immediately and it's easier to do than actually working to reckon a lift point. Anyway... use a block or piece of wood spanning the "ears" that hold the lower torque strut/motor mount, and lift up there with a floor jack. You do not have to raise the engine so much that the bolt absolutely clears the frame - turns out that if you raise it a couple inches the motor will be far enough away from the frame so the bolt will clear. The wood may crack a little bit, and if you use a block cut from chipboard or a 1x4 it may bend/crack a little--that's not an issue at all, it's "sacrificial" and there to spread the load.

"From the top" here'sa "12-step program" that tells what you can do to change that (#*&$(@# tensioner:

1) ENGINE OFF. And disconnect the negative terminal of the battery after you write down the TheftLock code if you need one to get your radio going again. Then take the serpentine belt off the track. One way to do this is use a broom handle, pushing down on the tensioner while pulling up on the belt at the alternator pulley. You'll feel the belt loosen to the point you can slip it off the alternator pulley. Then unbolt the coolant reservoir. There is 1 bolt with a 10mm hex head at the front, and a plastic clip into the inner fender on the left (as you look from the front of the car). Using a trim removal tool carefully (or VERY carefully with screwdriver) remove the wire loom that's clipped to the coolant reservoir mounting foot. Now remove the bolt, move the hose guide that's under it, un-do the reservoir from the inner fender (you may need a screwdriver to pry the shoulder on the clip past the opening on the inner fender) and move it out of the way (most likely over the radiator area in the very front of the engine compartment.

2) loosen the top 2 bolts on the motor mount a little, about 2 centimeters (cm) each. The motor will pull down on the mount and begin to separate. Don't worry, the bolts are pretty long. There is a point to this initial loosening though.

3) NOW jack up the motor, placing the floor jack as instructed under the torque strut mounting area, with the wood block.
Place the floor jack with wood block balanced on top of the jack pad, under that torque strut mounting saddle. You only need to jack up a little, enough so the engine mount that you loosened looks right again. You should be able to turn the bolts you loosened back snug using just your fingers if you get this right.

4) Now unbolt the motor mount. There are 5 bolts - the 2 on top you already loosened, and three on the inner fender. One of those three is only accessible if you have removed the coolant reservoir so if you have not done that yet you better do it now, and then read all the rest of these directions before you continue because there are more surprises.

5) . With the bolts out and nuts off, unclip the top AC tube from the plastic holder and lift the motor mount so it is clear of the mounting studs and (somewhat clear of0 the AC tubes. IF you can get the mount out that's great, but you don't really have to.

6) Using the floor jack raise the engine some more. make sure that as you raise it you are not pinching or bending the AC tubes, nor are you binding the brake tubing that runs near the passenger side inner CV joint (look down past the engine mount, toward the left... you'll see it).

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8) take off the old tensioner and put the new one in its place; tighten the mounting bolt as tight as it was when you removed it but no more.

9) consider replacing the idler pulley while you're at it...

10) lower the engine just to the ponit that you can reseat the mount over the bolts on the inner fender/frame and replace the mount nuts and bolts, then reattach them loosely. Adjust the mount (raise or lower a little) so you can screw down all the nuts and bolts with your fingers. The point of this is you have the engine in a neutral position, with no strain on the mount. Now retighten the bolts as tight as when you took them off, but no tighter. When they are all tight, lower the engine off the jack and remove the jack. (you are NOT done yet)

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12) Put the coolant reservoir back, remounting the hose guide and reservoir with that 10MM bolt. Be sure to reclip the AC tube on the engine mount. Be sure to replace the wire to the coolant level sensor and reattach the cable that you detatched from the bolt area. Reattach the negative battery cable. Look over your work one last time, if all seems OK, put tools away and start the car, see that it runs OK. And (please) say a prayer for me.

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