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How to I get a new tension arm on a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the drive belt.
    1. Remove the tensioner bolts.
    2. Remove the tensioner.
      1. Install the tensioner. NOTICE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
      2. Install the tensioner bolts.
        • Tighten the bolts to 50 Nm (37 ft. lbs.) .
      1. Install the drive belt. Connect the negative battery cable.
        • Tighten the bolts to 16 Nm (12 ft. lbs.) .

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