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1997 Buick LeSabre: How do you relieve tension on the serpentine belt? The tensioner has a small round hole on its face. There is no hole for a square drive, nothing to get a grip on.

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Use the bolt head holding the pulley on to relieve tension

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  • red_eye9 May 09, 2011

    The bolt securing the tension pulley is reverse threaded. Loosen it in the clockwise direction.


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