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Remove center bolt tensioner, unloads as you loosen then will detach from mounting plate.replacements are available at local parts store.

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Not a real easy one to do though.
Here is the guide from the manual.

  1. Disconnect negative battery cable and remove the coolant reservoir.
  2. Remove serpentine belt.
  3. Remove two generator bolts.
  4. Remove power steering pump and position aside.
  5. Remove tensioner bolts and tensioner.
  6. Reverse procedure to install, Torquing tensioner bolts to 37 ft. lbs.
There you are, I hope it helps.
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  2. Remove the drive belt.
    1. Remove the tensioner bolts.
    2. Remove the tensioner.
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      2. Install the tensioner bolts.
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  4. Remove power steering pump and position aside.
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