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Release tension on serpentine belt 97 olds achieva. Do I use the GM tool that has the square head? or the bolt on the tensioner. It is a 3.1 v6 engine.

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Te bolt on the tenssioner..
Put the correct size closed end wrench on it.. A long one is best for leverage.. Push the wrench in the direction that would losten the belt.. It does take quite a bit of muscle..
You may want to write down the path of the belt before you loosen it.. When loosened - it can slip off other pullies..

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