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Tensioner Arm We just recently got a new pulley for the tensioner, but we were wondering what the functon on the tensioner arm should be? Should it be able to move back and forth, rather easily, or with alot difficulty, but it can barely move at all? Is this normal oris my tensioner functioner(arm) bad/ruined?

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Hi Amanda,

I'm pleased to tell you, that you have a fully functional NORMAL tensioning arm. According to your description, nothing is wrong with it.

It's function is to keep tension on your serpentine belt during normal engine operations. While the engine is running, there will be no discernible movement. It is there to keep that belt tight. Very tight.

Yes, it is incredibly hard to move without knowing the 'Tricks'.

Click here for a 'Tips and Tricks' I wrote concerning the subject of belt replacement. You may find it very helpful.

I hope I have answered your questions with sufficient detail to warrant a rating of four thumbs. If you require additional clarifications, please comment back.

Best regards
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It should be rather stiff to you if you are trying to move it by hand there is no adjustment for it once its on the car running it should have some movement to it not a great deal but some it will almost look as if its jumping as long as the belt is secure with the tensioner then its ok if the belt is loose then the tensioner is probably bad meaning the spring is no good.

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The arm is spring loaded, and they are indeed very hard to move so it can provide tension for the belt. You would have to use a lever to move them, you can't just move them by hand easily.

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