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Replacing belt and needing to relieve the tension...which pulleys are best used to bring slack into the belt.

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It depends which belt you are replacing, usually the starter and the alternator have a bolt or screw that locks a piece of bracket that can be slid from side to side.

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How do you replace the serpentine belt on a 1995 Buick century 4 cylinder?


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It may be necessary to loosen more than one pulley or remove another belt to access the drive belt, such as the power steering and air conditioning.
  1. Loosen the driven accessory's pivot and mounting bolts.
  2. Move the accessory toward or away from the engine until there is enough slack in the belt to slip it over the pulley of the driven accessory.
  3. Remove the belt from the engine.
  4. Install the new belt and move the accessory toward or away from the engine until the tension is correct. You can use a wooden hammer handle as a lever, but do not use anything metallic.
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  1. Place a tool over the tensioner pulley axis bolt.
  2. Rotate the tool counterclockwise to relieve belt tension.
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  4. Carefully release the tensioner pulley and remove the tool.
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  1. Route the belt over the pulleys, except tensioner.
  2. Place tool over tensioner, rotate counterclockwise and install belt.
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I need to replace the Serpentine belt on my 1997 Ford Escort. It has air conditioning and I have already purchased the correct belt. My issue is that I have never done this before and I cannot find any...


It all depends if you have an tensioner pulley. The easiest to find out is to look at the pulleys. If you find one that has a square divet/hole/notch in it, then that would be your tensioner pulley. If have this then all you simply do is take a ratchet or a breaker bar and insert it into the square hole and rotate it to relief the tension on the belt. Once you have relieved the tension then move the belt out of the path of the pulley. This will provide you with enough slack in the belt to remove it from teh rest of the pulleys. Now if you dont have a tensioner pulley then you will more than likely have to loosen your alternator. Easiest way to tell is to look at the alternator. If there is a bolt that attaches the alternator to a bracket that has slot in which the bolt (once loosen) can move either right or left. If so you will need to loosen teh lower bolt and the upper bolt. Push the alternator towards the engine in order to gain some slack in the belt. Then remove the belt from the rest of the pulleys. I would take a picture of how the serpentine belt belt is routed to refer back to when installing the new belt.

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release tension on belt by:

-putting a socket/breaker bar or ratched on the tensioner pulley bolt and use it to relieve tension on the belt

-slide belt off tensioner pulley. replace with new belt in same pattern across all pulleys and again relieve tension on the tensioner puller to slide the new belt back on.

--you may need to remove the bolt on the tensioner closest to the pulley.


---if you don't know what the tensioner looks like look up the part on autozone's website for a picture you can match on your car

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Hello, how to relieve the belt tension on jeep grand cherokee 1995?


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In order to relieve the belt tension in your cherokee jeep,you have to locate the belt tensioner pulley first, which is found between the crankshaft and a component toward the top of the hood area.

Afterwards,Rotate the belt tensioner pulley, using a wrench spanner to relieve the tension on the belt.



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No. You just relieve the tension by moving the pulley to make the belt slack. Some have a hole in it that accepts a 1/2 in. drive ratchet and you pull it to move the pulley. Others have a bolt head you put a wrench on to move the pulley.

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release tension on belt by:
-put a socket/breaker bar or ratched on the tensioner pulley bolt and use it to relieve tension on the belt
-slide belt off tensioner pulley. replace with new belt in same pattern across all pulleys and again relieve tension on the tensioner puller to slide the new belt back on
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---if you don't know what the tensioner looks like look up the part on autozone's website for a picture you can match on your car

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HOW TO CHANGE DRIVE BELT ON MY 98 GMC SONOMA 4 CYLINDER


it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle to relieve belt tension

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  1. On 1994-97 2.2L engines and 1994-96 4.3L engines, using a 1/2 in. breaker bar and if necessary, with a socket placed on the tensioner pulley bolt, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  2. On 1998-99 2.2L engines and 1997-99 4.3L engines, using a 3/8 in. breaker bar, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  3. Remove the serpentine belt.
To install:
  1. Route the belt over all the pulleys except the tensioner.
  2. Place the breaker bar and if necessary the socket, on the tensioner pulley bolt and rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to the released position.
  3. Install the belt and return the pulley slowly to its original position. Do not let the pulley snap back into position as this may damage the belt and pulley.
  4. Check that the belt is properly seated in each pulley.

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How do i take of belt on a 1998 nissan 200sx?


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Locate the automatic belt tensioner, it should have a black plastic pulley on it. Insert a 1/2 inch breaker bar in the hole thats on the tensioner, and pull to relieve the tension on the belt. Slip old belt off the pulley and slowly release the force you have on the bar untill it stops moving. Route new belt, and move tensioner with bar to gain needed slack to get the belt on, Release tension, and remove bar. makeing sure new belt is in alignment.
Be careful...watch for pinch points, around your fingers and hands when performing this job.
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