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How do you rebuild a belt tensioner on a 1993 Saturn SL2?

The belt tensioner does not apply any tension on the belt. Is there a way to rebuild the unit?

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Yes but not worth the bother.Just go and get a replacment.Just as cheap as bying spares.

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I need to know where the tensioner is located so i can tighten my alternator belt

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I have a 1993 saturn SL2 1.9L dohc engine and at certain rpm it makes a click sounding like it is coming from front of engine i think its timing chain tensioner any ideas?

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Directions for replacing the belt on 1998 Saturn sl2

Get a new belt, you will need to know whether SL2 DOHC or SL1 SOHC and whether or not you have A/C to get the proper belt. Remove the right front tire and put car on a jack stand, remove the plastic service panel behind the wheel. There is a little picture on the radiator cross member of a wrench on the tensioner. You are going to have to get a long open end wrench on the tensioner, and make it longer with a homemade extender, relax the tensioner and have a helper then pull the belt off. Replace with new belt by reversing process. The dog bone mount will be in your face behind the service panel you may want to replace it while you are at it and the tensioner too if it has not already been replaced.

Oct 25, 2010 | 1998 Saturn SL

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I have a 2002 saturn sl2. power steering pully squeals opon cold engine start. Belt looks good, seems to be effected by the fan motor as well.

Check to make sure there is enough tension on the belt. Belt tensioners are pretty common on these to fail. If there seems to be enough tension try taking off the belt and putting it back on so it rotates the other way. If the noise stops replace the belt. Flipping it just helped you confirm it was the belt and not something else.

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If I remember right, the tensioner has a preset spring in it.  You cant tighten it yourself the old fashion way.  You'll need a new tensioner.  When you put it in, use a torque bar with a 1/4" square end and torque on the spring until the belt slides over the pulley.

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