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The tensioner seems to have sliped is it beyond repair of can i just retightin it

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If the tensioner has slipped and not tensioning the belt enough then it's probably broken and must be replaced. Belt Tension The belt is automatically adjusted using a spring loaded tensioner. If belt slippage is suspected or unusual belt noises occurs, the following procedure should be used to determine if the tensioner or belt is at fault.

  1. Start the engine and allow it to warm up to normal operating temperature with all accessories (such as the A/C) turned ON; this should take approximately 10 minutes. If the vehicle is equipped with power steering, turn the steering wheel to the left and right several times during warm-up to make sure a proper load is placed on the belt.
  2. Turn the engine and accessories OFF.
  3. Using a 14mm or 9⁄16 in. wrench, depress the tensioner arm until the belt becomes loosened, then slowly allow the tensioner to return to position and apply tension to the belt. Do not allow the tensioner to snap against the belt.
  4. Inspect the markings located on the tensioner arm. If the marks on the arm fall outside the operating range, the drive belt must be replaced. NOTE: Inspection of the belt using a tension gauge must be performed with the upper engine mount removed.
  5. Using tool SA9181-NE or an equivalent calibrated belt tension gauge, measure and note the tension readings at the 2 points located centrally between 2 belt pulleys as shown in the illustration. The dotted lines represent other possible paths which your belt may follow, depending on the engine and accessories with which your vehicle is equipped.
  6. Repeat the measurements from the previous step 2 more times, then calculate the average result for each test location. The readings should be 50–65 lbs. (22.7–29.2 kg) for new belts or a minimum of 45 lbs. (20.4 kg) for used belts. If the readings are out of this range or do not meet the minimum and the drive belt passed the test in Step 4, the drive belt tensioner must be replaced. Fig. 6: Use a 14mm or 9⁄16 in. wrench to depress the tensioner arm until the belt becomes loose The tensioner seems to have sliped is it beyond - 84191022.gif
    Fig. 7: Read the belt tension at 2 points centrally located between the indicated pulleys 84191023.gif

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