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Easing tension to replace water pump

I have a 1995 Buick Regal with a failed water pump pulley. The pulley wore right off. When the pulley came off the belt went slack of course. I know how to install the water pump but easing tension is something I am unaware of. I'm pretty sure I will have to get a serpentine belt tool to do that but I'm not sure how to ease the tension pulley before putting the belt on. I know once I get the tensioner eased that getting it re-tensioned will be a piece of cake. I hope that makes sense.

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  • Jason McKinney Jun 29, 2009

    That did it. A simple ratchet and 15mm socket worked. It lifted up with a bit of muscle and that worked like a charm. Thanks for your help!

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You may not need a serp tool. Look for a place on the tensioner to fit your ratchet into then turn to push tension off. If there is enogh room to get the ratchet in

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