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If you have the inline 6 cyl. you may want to use a flathead screwdriver and pop out the protective cap on the tensioner. Its the one that is putting tension on the belt. then you will need a toric bit to compress the tensioner and release the belt

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How to fix a belt that is making a loud noise on a 1994 Ford Taurus

If it is a loud squeaking sound, the belt is stretched out too far for the tensioning pulley to take up the slack. Check if the belt has grease or oil on it. If it does find the cause, fix the cause and then change the belt...there is no tension adjustment to be made,

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When it is cold Idont here noise from front of engine all ready changed Altanator it sounds be low the Altanator

I have the impression that you are asking about a noise from the engine compartment. Most of the time a squealing noise is caused by the idle pulley bearings going bad. When this happens the pulley stops spinning and the belt going across it squeals. You will need to replace this pulley, and and or the tension pulley. Either one can cause this issue.

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I need to know how to change the serpentine belt on a 1994 chevy cavalier

    • 1 Open the hood, and locate the auto-tensioning bolt in the center of the pulley system. This bolt will be in the center of a pulley that does not appear to be connected to any component.
    • 2 Turn the auto-tensioning bolt clockwise with a socket wrench to release tension on the belt.
    • 3 Slide the belt off the pulley system.
    • 4 Orient the new belt on the pulley system according to the belt path printed on the underside of the hood and next to the hood latch mechanism on your Cavalier. Leave slack in the belt around the tensioner pulley.
    • 5 Slide the belt over the tensioner pulley while you have the auto-tensioner pulley bolt turned clockwise as far as it will go. Make sure that the belt is sitting centered in all the various pulley grooves on the pulley system.
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Is it possible to adjust the tension of my fan belt?

depending on the engine thats in you vehicle, all newer gm engines run an automatic tensioner. . the tensioners bind up with age and the belt will start to slip and make noise. if you change tyhe tensioner, change the belt at the same time... it doesnt take long for a slipping belt to get a "glaze" on it, and then your truck with its new tensioner might still squeak.

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My toyota camry 1994 model v6 3.0 timing belt got cut on the motion. one of the holders of the topmost crankshaft got broken too. my mechanic told me that some screws were not properly tighten and that...

I'd leave most of it to the mechanic.

The most likely cause is a timing belt change that was badly done in the past.

You could ask the mechanic

- to use a good quality new timing belt eg Dayco
- to change the water pump if it was not done in the last 100000 mi or so. It is behind the timing belt, so a good opportunity.
- if the timing belt tensioner should be changed too. They do weaken.
- if threadlock should be applied to the crankshaft pulley bolt. Toyota does do that at the factory.
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I'm changing the altanator on a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. How do I release the belt tension?

Loosen the tensioner for the accessory belt for the alternator and remove the belt. Remove the two long bolts that are holding the alternator in the bracket.
(Sometimes you have to remove the tensioner arm completely or just loosen it and it will slide over to relieve tension on belt)
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Nov 30, 2010 | 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

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Cant find a way to losen belt to change altanator

9b71416.gif 1 is the belt tensioner, use a 3/8" breaker bar or surpentine belt tool to rotate the tensioner. Insert tool into the square hole and push to the right and the belt will loosen and can be removed.

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How do I install the altanator belt

The belt on these cars are a serpentine belt. One belt drives everything. To change it you first need to locate the belt tensioner. Will look like a small arm with about a two to three inch pulley on the end running against your belt. On the lower side of the arm below the pulley you will se a bolt head onthe tensioner about 13mm or 15mm(cant remember which) put a 1/2 inch drive rachet or a long wrench on this, longer is better for leverage because its spring loaded, and as you turn the head it should release the tension on the belt by pulling the tensioner back. If the bolt starts to come loose you are going the wrong way. Once the tension is released you should be able to remove the belt and replace it. Start tword tthe bottom pulleys when routing the new belt as it will be easier to pull back the tensioner again and put it on the top last. Hope this helps.

Mar 26, 2010 | 1994 Chevrolet Beretta

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it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle to relieve belt tension

  1. On 1994-97 2.2L engines and 1994-96 4.3L engines, using a 1/2 in. breaker bar and if necessary, with a socket placed on the tensioner pulley bolt, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  2. On 1998-99 2.2L engines and 1997-99 4.3L engines, using a 3/8 in. breaker bar, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  3. Remove the serpentine belt.
To install:
  1. Route the belt over all the pulleys except the tensioner.
  2. Place the breaker bar and if necessary the socket, on the tensioner pulley bolt and rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to the released position.
  3. Install the belt and return the pulley slowly to its original position. Do not let the pulley snap back into position as this may damage the belt and pulley.
  4. Check that the belt is properly seated in each pulley.

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