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Well you don't have to remove the tensioner. If you look at it, you'll see a 3/8 square hole in the arm of the tensioner. Put a ratchet wrench, or breaker bar in the hole, and you can move the tensioner, it is only spring loaded. The diagram for how the belt laces in should be on the radiator core support. Lace it for the majority around, move the tensioner, and once you have the belt in line, release the tension on the tensioner arm.
You will need a breaker bar to release the tensioner. A breaker bar is a long ratchet that doesn't ratchet. The breaker bar size for your car is 1/2".
You will see a square hole on the tensioner and that is where the breaker bar goes. Put the breaker bar in there and pull on it until it gives you enough slack to pull the belt off. Make sure to pull the right way to release the tension. IF it wont release the tension don't yank on it try going the other way, It will help to have two people to do this job. You only need to pull it off one pully then slowly let the tensioner go back.
To put the new belt on make sure you run the new belt the exact same way as the old. Again you will need to release the tension from the tensioner and slip the belt over the last pulley.
It should not require any adjustment. the right tension is provided by the idler pully. If you want to release the tension for serpentine removal or examination release the tension on the idler pulley in the rear of the motor, spin the nut in the center like you were tightening, and the pressure will be released from the serpentine belt. Reversely, the appropriate tension will be given using the same way when the strap is reinstalled.
locate tensioner pulley; release tension from belt; remove belt; make sure not to forget how the belt is routed; route belt around all pulleys but tensioner; put tension on tensioner pulley; route belt over tensioner pulley
On a vehicle with a serpentine belt system there is always a tensioner pulley. Usually in the center of the routing network, you need to place the correct size wrench on it and push or pull with one hand releasing the tension on the belt. With the tension released, use the other hand and slip the belt out. Most vehicles have a sticker in the engine compartment for replacing the belt to be sure it is put back in correctly. If not, be sure you look at the routing and or draw a picture so that it is replaced the same.
Remove the air filter housing and air hose. Set aside
Pull the 15mm bolt on the tensioner counterclockwise (towards front of car) and hold it there to loosen tension, and remove the serpentine belt.
With your 15mm wrench, unbolt the belt tensioner and remove.
Replace with new tensioner
Put serpentine belt back on.
Very easy! Be careful when releasing tension, becase if you let go of the wrench it will fly back and could hurt you.
ok here we go first locate the drive belt tensioner, it should a h spot where you can insert a 1/2 drive breaker bar,release the tension and remove the belt, make you have the diagram that shows how it is insalled(usually on the sticker in the engine compartment) re-install the belt starting from the bottom and working up towards the top.again release the pressure on the tensioner and finish insalling the belt.make sure the beelt is all the way on every pulley. please rate my fix, if you need more help get back to me as i strive to be the best. good luck,let me know how you make out. should not be that hard to do
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.