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Is there an adjustment on the tensioner pully?

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The serpentine belt tensioner is spring loaded and has no adjustment. it must be replaced

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There is no adjustment on the tensioner pully. All there is, is a nut on it to take it off and to release tension on the belt to get it off. If your asking this then either it is bad or your belt is stretched out. I would check the pully to make sure it has good spring to it. If your belt is cracked and stretched just buy a new belt its usually around 25 buks. I can sometimes find them cheaper at farm and fleet.

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