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How do i tighten the altenator belt - 1994 Toyota Pickup

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    loosen the alternator up and pull the belt tight??



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Loosen the altenator mounting bolts, pull the altenator so the belt tightens and re-tighten the mounting bolts.

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