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How do I loosen the tensioner for the serpetine belt?

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Hi sjb active,

You will need to locate the idler pulley on the truck,You should beable to fit the end of the ratchet into it just under the bottom of thepulley.Look for it,either push or pull to take the tension off thebelt,this will let you be able to remove the belt,Look under the hoodcompartment their will be a diagram of how the belt will go back on.youwill probably have to remove the fan shroud.Also before attempting thistype work be sure to unhook battery.

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