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Locating the belt tensioner on a 1998 chev to change alternator

Where is the belt tensioner on a 1998 chev cavalier ?

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If you run the engine u will see one of the small pulleys jitter and move up and down a little, that is the automatic belt tensioner.

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It is the center pulley. It is attached to the engine block through a short arm that holds the tensioner spring.

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