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Need to replace alternator on 2004 sorento Where is the tensioner and what way do i release it to get belt off thx

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Take a broom handle or similar stick, wedge it under the tension pully, it will be the small pully near the top of the belt sequence, you pry the pully down to take the spring tension away so you can then slide the belt off with ease. If you are going to replace the alt, it makes a lot of sense and will save you head aches if you also do the belt and the tension pulley. Your local parts store will have all three parts.

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