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How to check the drive belt tensioner on a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 3300 engine


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Serpentine belt replacement is not complicated and requires only one tool. Find the tension pulley located at the bottom of the motor. This pulley is attached to a very strong spring and holds the belt tight against the pulleys through its serpentine route around the engine. Use a socket wrench with a matching socket the same size as the hex head bolt in the center of the tension pulley. Attach the socket and set the direction to tighten the same direction the spring action allows the pulley to move. Turn the wrench handle, the pulley moves and the tension on the belt slackens. Take the belt off the pulley and let it hang. 
To install the new belt Once the belt is around the pulleys allow it to hang freely at the bottom of the engine. Again, use the socket wrench to turn the tension pulley far enough so the belt can be wrapped around the pulley. Once the belt is around the tension pulley, release the socket wrench and allow the tension pulley to take up the slack. 
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The drive belt has an automatic tensioner pulley. It will be a pulley on it's own attached to an arm. It'll be the top left pulley under the drive belt if there are only 2 at the top, or it'll be on the top righton top of the drive belt if there are 3 or 4 pulleys across the top.

Check to make sure it is moving freely. You can do this by attaching a wrench to it and moving it down if it is under the belt, or up if it is ontop of the belt. It should require a bit of force. If it doesn't move or is easy to move then it needs to be replaced. If it feels like it's moving freely and the spring seems strong then your belt is stretched past it's limit and needs to be replaced.

Alternatively it may be screeching due to a pulley seizing up. Check to make sure things like the idler pulleys or the A/C and Alternator pulleys move freely.

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Can you tell me where I can print instructions for free to help me change my timing belt in a 93 ford festiva


Here are the instructions for removing the timing cover, and for replacing the timing belt. If this is helpful, please click my accept button! Thanks!
Remove accessory drive belts.
  1. Remove water pump pulley to pump hub attaching bolts, then the pulley.
  2. Remove right inner fender panel to gain access to crankshaft pulley.
  3. Remove outer crankshaft pulley attaching bolts, then the outer stiffener/spacer and outer pulley
  4. Remove inner stiffener/spacer, attaching screws, inner pulley and baffle plate.
  5. Remove attaching bolts, then the upper and lower timing covers.
  6. Reverse procedure to install. When installing crankshaft pulley, ensure curved lip on baffle plate and deep recess of inner pulley face outward

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  1. Remove timing belt covers as outlined previously.
  2. Remove timing belt tensioner pulley attaching bolt, then the tensioner pulley, spring and spring cover
  3. If reusing old belt, mark direction of rotation on belt to aid installation.
  4. Remove timing belt from crankshaft and camshaft sprockets.
  5. Check crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, tensioner pulley and timing belt for wear or damage. Replace components as necessary.
  6. Align camshaft and crankshaft sprocket timing marks with marks on cylinder head and oil pump housing
  7. Install timing belt. If reusing old belt, ensure belt is installed so that direction of rotation mark made during removal is positioned correctly.
  8. Install spring and spring cover onto tensioner pulley, then install pulley and attaching bolt. Do not tighten bolt at this time.
  9. Install tensioner spring onto anchor, then tighten pulley attaching bolt to torque listed at the end of this section.
  10. Reinstall timing belt covers.

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One of the three drive belts on my 1986 corolla (4a-c engine) is frayed and needs replacing. The belt loops around the idler pulley, air conditioner? and crank. Can I just cut this belt out and not use...


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WARNING Do not attempt to check belt tension with a belt tension gauge on vehicles equipped with an automatic belt tensioner.

Drive belts on diesel engines are equipped with a spring loaded automatic belt tensioner. This belt tensioner will be used on all belt configurations, such as with or without air conditioning.
  1. Depending on the year of the vehicle, a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch square hole is provided in the automatic belt tensioner. Attach a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch drive-long handle ratchet to this hole.
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  3. Remove belt from water pump pulley first.
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To install:

WARNING When installing the accessory drive belt, the belt must be routed correctly. If not, engine may overheat due to water pump rotating in wrong direction. The correct belt with correct length must be used. Position drive belt over all pulleys except water pump pulley.


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HOw do you losen the tensioner for the drive belt?


The center bolt is a left-threaded screw. Turn it clockwise to loosen.
Generally, you don't loosen it to adjust the tension. The tension spring is set for your vehicle. In other words, it is not adjustable. Replace it.
Be careful, it has a loaded spring!
There is a 1/2 inch slot on the "arm". Attach a 1/2 inch ratchet wrench or breaker bar to gently un-tension it.

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Which component is it that I remove to take the drive belt off ?


usually you do not need to remove anything, but you do need to loosen the tension on the belt to remove it. Look for a pulley that is attached to a small arm and the pulley is touching the belt. In the middle of the pulley is a square recessed hole which is where you would insert a ratchet/breaker bar and push the pulley and arm down(usually). It is spring loaded so that it keeps tension on the belt, whne you remove that tension the belt will slip off.

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Cant find 97 ford taurus serpentine belt diagram


Drive Belt Replacement ani_caut.gif WARNING: IF EQUIPPED, DO NOT ALLOW DRIVE BELT TENSIONER (6B209) TO SNAP BACK AS DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY COULD RESULT.
NOTE: Minor cracks in the V-grooved portion of the serpentine drive belt (8620) are considered normal and acceptable. If the drive belt has chunks missing from the ribs, the drive belt should be replaced.

NOTE: Conditions requiring drive belt replacement are excessive wear, rib chunk-out, severe glazing, frayed cords or other conditions. Replace any drive belt exhibiting any of these conditions.

NOTE: When installing drive belt on pulley, make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys.



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Drive Belt, Serpentine—Except SHO
Removal
  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE THAT TOOL DOES NOT SLIP FROM DRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
    Using a 15 mm socket or wrench on bolt attaching drive belt tensioner pulley, rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise on 3.0L (2V) and 3.0L (2V) FF, rotate the drive belt tensioner counter clockwise on 3.0L (4V) to remove drive belt from pulleys. Make sure spring keeper engages into slot.


    Drive Belt Tensioner—3.0L (4V)


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Installation
  1. Install drive belt over all pulleys (except drive belt tensioner).
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner as described under the removal procedure and install drive belt over drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure that all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys. Make sure spring keeper releases or improper belt tension will occur.


    Pulley, Routing—Accessory Drive Belt 3.0L (2V)/3.0L (2V) FF Engine


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    Item Part Number Description 1 10300 Generator 2 6C348 Idler Pulley 3 3A674 Power Steering Pump 4 19703 A/C Compressor 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 8501 Water Pump 8 8620 Drive Belt

    Pulley, Routing—Accessory Drive Belt 3.0L (4V)


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    Item Part Number Description 1 3A674 Power Steering Pump 2 8501 Water Pump 3 19703 A/C Compressor 4 8620 Drive Belt 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 10300 Generator
3.4L SHO Engine
Removal
  1. Remove the right front wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 04-04.
  1. Remove the inner fender splash shield.
  1. Remove the alternator shield.
  1. ani_caut.gif WARNING: USE CAUTION WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING DRIVE BELT TO MAKE SURE WRENCH DOES NOT SLIP FROMDRIVE BELT TENSIONER OR POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE TO DRIVE BELT TENSIONER AND DRIVE BELT MAY OCCUR.
    Using a 3/8 inch ratchet on the lifting lug, rotate drive belt tensioner counterclockwise (upward) and engage spring keeper. Remove drive belt from drive belt tensioner.
  1. Lower vehicle.
  1. Remove drive belt.
Installation
  1. Install drive belt over all pulleys (except drive belt tensioner ).
  1. Raise vehicle on hoist.
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner , as described under Removal procedure and install drive belt over drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys. Make sure the spring keeper is released or improper belt tension will occur.
  1. Install the alternator shield.
  1. Install the inner fender splash shield.
  1. Install the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 04-04.


    Pulley Routing—Accessory Drive Belt, 3.4L SHO


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    Item Part Number Description 1 3A733 Power Steering Pump Pulley 2 6B217 (RH) Idler Pulley 3 19703 A/C Compressor 4 8620 Drive Belt 5 6312 Crankshaft Pulley 6 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 7 10346 Generator 8 6B217 (LH) Idler Pulley 9 6B217 (Center) Idler Pulley
Drive Belt, Water Pump
Removal
  1. NOTE: If removal of the water pump drive pulley is required, refer to Section 03-03.

    Rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise by hand and remove drive belt from drive belt tensioner .
  1. Remove drive belt from water pump drive pulley and water pump pulley.
Installation
  1. Position drive belt onto water pump drive pulley and water pump pulley.
  1. Rotate drive belt tensioner clockwise by hand and install drive belt over top of drive belt tensioner pulley. Make sure all V-grooves make proper contact with pulleys.


    Pulley Routing—Water Pump Drive Belt


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    Item Part Number Description 1 6B209 Drive Belt Tensioner 2 6A312 Crankshaft Pulley 3 8501 Water Pump 4 8620 Drive Belt

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