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I need to install a new serpentine belt on my 95 regal. It says that it is a spring loaded tensioner on the idler sprocket, but cannot find a way to loosen the tension on it. Do I just loosen the nut that sets the tension between the Alt and the power steering pump? Or is there something I am missing

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There should be a feature that looks like a bolt head on the pivot of the spring-loaded idler, which will allow you to move it so that you can put the belt on.

Optionally, you can get a bar on it, push it against the spring so that you can put the belt on till it runs into the bar you're using — far enough to stay on when the bar is removed. Then push on the side of the belt to move it fully onto the idler. (A person to help you can be a real benefit.)

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Removal & Installation

  1. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise and remove the drive belt.
    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


To install:
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  2. Rotate belt tensioner clockwise and slip drive belt over idler pulley on tensioner.

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    WARNING Never suddenly let go of the tensioned idler pulley. The force of the spring pressure suddenly released may damage the idler pulley mechanism. Always release the spring pressure gradually.


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    Fig. Rotate the belt tensioner to relieve tension on the belt-4.6L engine shown, others similar


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