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What do I loosen to release and add tension on the serpentine belt for belt replacement on my 1990 Chevy S-10 Blazer with 4.3 liter V6 and AC?

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    Cliff Fox Nov 20, 2009

    I already figured it out. Loosen tension pulley 26 in belt diagram below.

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There is a belt tensioning pulley. It's spring loaded and if you put a wrench on the center nut you should be able to remove the tension on the belt...

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