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Not sure how to get the tension off the belt so I can replace it.How does the tensioner work

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  • rk912 May 18, 2009

    Totaly my fault. It had a 5/8 bolt on it .I got the new belt on. Thank you very much

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It has a square hole in the center for a 1/2" drive ratchet or breaker bar,Just put the tool on it and pull and the tension will be released.


Please rate this a fixya

Posted on May 17, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough May 18, 2009

    Obviously since you rated this as inappropriate,You are talking about a different belt than the one I gave info on,SO PLEASE BE MORE SPECIFIC,Which belt are you trying to remove?

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough May 18, 2009

    Thanks,I knew it was either 1/2" or 5/8" but was thing it was the 1/2" but I should have posted bot sizes to be sure.Please consider changing the rating to a fixya,It would be greatly appreciated.



    Thanks again

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  • If the tensioner clatters or rattles during engine operation, there may be internal interference or wear. Replace the tensioner.
  • If the belt chirps, you may have a worn pulley or tensioner or cracks in the tensioner bas or arm. Check the mounting bolts, if they are okay, replace the tensioner.
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  • If the tensioner does not operate smoothly or doesn't move, you may have: internal thrust surface damage/wear, internal damage/wear, or a broken spring, replace the tensioner.
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  • Inspect the tensioner arm for cracks or other damage. If the tensioner is broken, it should be replaced.
  • Look for excessive tensioner movement at idle, which can indicate internal wear, an out-of-round pulley or loose mounting bolts. Check the mounting bolts, it they are in good condition, replace the tensioner.
  • Make sure the tensioner is not tilted or misaligned. Also make sure a gap exists between the tensioner arm and base. If you notice a problem, check the mounting surface, it the surface is okay, replace the tensioner.
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  • If the belt does not track properly on the pulley tracking surface, you'll need to troubleshoot the problem. Check the mounting bolts and the system alignment. Then, make sure the correct belt is being used for the vehicle. If all of these things are intact, replace the tensioner.
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  • The gauge identifies the effective operating range of the tensioner.
  • It consists of a pointer and either two or three length marks.
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    • On a two-mark gauge only minimum belt length and maximum belt length are indicated.
    • Ideal belt length on a two-mark gauge is generally half way between the minimum and the maximum.
  • When a belt wears and stretches with age the tensioner will move towards the maximum belt length to maintain proper tension.
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  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


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  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.
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Here's the procedure on how to replace the serpentine belt. I am sorry if cannot provide you the diagram.

1. Open the hood and locate the serpentine belt routing diagram. The diagram is on a sticker originally adhered to the fan shroud or the underside of the hood for easy referral when replacing the belt. If the sticker is no longer on the Pontiac, you'll need to get one either from your local Pontiac dealer, in the Pontiac's specific service manual or online. Or you can draw a diagram of your Pontiac's pulleys and belt, showing how the belt routes around the pulleys.
  • 2 Insert the tip of the belt tensioner tool into the corresponding notch on the serpentine belt tensioner. You can locate the tensioner by looking for a pulley located at the end of an arm. This arm and pulley assembly is the tensioner.
  • 3 Pry the tensioner arm away from the belt face with the tensioner tool. On some Pontiacs you can substitute a large socket wrench, but the risk of damage to the tensioner increases greatly with the socket wrench. The price of a tensioner tool is far less than that of a new tensioner, so avoid the socket wrench and buy the proper tool at your local auto parts store.
  • 4 Push the belt off the tensioner pulley with your free hand and slowly move the tensioner back to its relaxed position. Pull the tool out of the tensioner and set it aside for now.
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    1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE THAT TOOL DOES NOT SLIP FROM DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
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      Drive Belt Tensioner—3.0L (4V)


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