Question about 1986 Chevrolet El Camino
Adjusting tension on power steering in 86 el camino v-6 (4.3) I am missing a bolt somewhere that I have NOT loosened or removed
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Changing Serpentine Belt
That bolt keeps the belt tensioner on. There are two bolts on a typcial tensioner. One to keep the pully on, the other to keep the whole asembly on. Since it's a GM, you should either see a square hole, around 3/8 in or a raised slot. You can put a 3/8 braker bar in the hole and you push it to remove the tension. No need to remove any bolts. Or, there could be a slot sticking out on it, you can put a wrench on it and push it to remove tension. When there is no tension, you slip off the belt from any pully, i prefeer slipping it off a top pully for easier access, and same for instaliton. Set the new bet up the way your old one was exepct for the highest pulley, remove the tension from tensioner, slip belt back on last pully and let the tensioner do it's job. If you remove the bolt that keeps the tensioner on, it will pop off and easily hurt yourself. After the new belt is on, make sure it is on correctly. There are small ribs on the inside of the belt, if those aren't in the groves properly of all the pullies, the belt will not last as long.
Posted on Sep 06, 2008
Removal & Installation
A/C Compressor Belt
Power Steering Pump Belt
Posted on Apr 26, 2009
SOURCE: rewiring 1959 chevy el camino
Are you needing advice, links, tricks, or all of the above?
If it's advice you want:
If you are not buying an after market harness and all of the oem wiring is intact replace one wire at a time from the component all the way back to the fuse box. Its tedious but, it's a sure fire way to get it right the first time.
Secondly, I'd by a haynes manual or some other wiring diagram. Study it for at least a couple weeks or until you are completely comfortable taking on the task.
Color code your wires and label both the old and new ones with paper tape and a permanent marker so that you know what each one is for.
Last but not least, make sure that the battery is disconnected... ;o)
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
most likely a weak fuel pump or a clogged filter. Check fuel pressure with a gauge or as its bogging down spray brake cleaner in the Throttle Body. If this allows it to increase RPM then its the pump or filter.
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
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You have to remove the belt.Also you can have it tested on the vehicle.Once you have the 2 bolts off and the belt the alternator should come off.Good luck.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
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Jul 10, 2015 | Cars & Trucks
Excessive belt tension will cause damage to the alternator and water pump pulley bearings, while, on the other hand, loose belt tension will produce slip and premature wear on the belt. Therefore, be sure to adjust the belt tension to the proper level.
To adjust the tension on a drive belt, loosen the adjusting bolt or fixing bolt locknut on the alternator, alternator bracket or tension pulley. Then move the alternator or turn the adjusting bolt to adjust belt tension. Once the desired value is reached, secure the bolt or locknut and recheck tension.
Fig. . . . then remove the alternator belt from the engine
Fig. . . . then remove the power steering belt from the engine
Fig. Accessory V-belt routing-Mitsubishi 3.5L and 1998-00 3.0L SOHC Galant engines
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Fig. Using a tension gauge to measure the alternator belt tension - 1.8L engines (click image for zoom)
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