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The tensioner won't release on my jeep

Trying to put a new serpentine belt on my 1996 jeep cherokee sport. when i move the tensioner it won't release and i cant get the belt on all the pullies.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    do you mean you can't move the tensioner? If you can move it, whats the problem?

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The tensioner has a preload spring so there is no release to it just a healthy kick back. If no tesion is felt what so ever, replace to tensioner as well

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If your tensioner will not release pressure then you will require a new tensioner. These units do loose the ability to apply proper tension and they fatigue over time. Also, make sure that the belt you have is the proper length.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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