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With the belt removed rotate the pulleys and idler wheels by hand and check for any wobbling or looseness.Also check the tensioner.If everything checks out then make sure you have the correct belt for that engine and make sure the routing is correct.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010

  • geoff hunter Nov 14, 2010

    there is NO tensioner on a saab,its the alternator that tightens the belt.and so you know,the engine is HALF of a V8,designed by SAAB/VOLVO,IN THE 70S.then came the fuel crisis and they cut it in half.the turbo is made by turbo technics and is available in LPT (LOW PRESSURE 150 BHP) OR HPT(HIGH PRESSURE 185BHP).very RELIABLE.THE only PULLEYS,ARE THE CRANK,ALTERNATOR,A.C,AND WATER PUMP.and lastly some cars are fitted with TWO belts,depending on country.

  • Senseione Nov 14, 2010

    To goeffreyh
    Do your research carefully before you post advice.Tryonce_777 says that his problem relates to a 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo.The aforementioned vehicle has a single serpentine drive belt and the tension cannot be adjusted by adjusting the alternator.The alternator is bolted on in a fixed position and cannot be adjusted.The drive belt is driven by the crankshaft pulley which in turn drives the power steering,alternator,ac and two idler pulley/wheels.One of those wheels is attached to a belt tensioner absorber which is responsible for the tension of the serpentine drive belt.You cannot,i repeat you cannot adjust the alternator for belt tensioning on a 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo.Despite your little history lesson about Saab engines in your post you are incorrect.You also neglected to mention in your history lesson that the classic Saab 900 only had a full pressure turbo and no LPT.Your advice about belt tensioning here refers to the older Saab 900 which is not the vehicle that's the subject of this post.The purpose of this website is to try to help people not confuse or frustrate them or cause them to make their problem worse.Or God forbid giving bad advice and cause someone to get hurt.


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Dont do them up so tight then......1/2" play in longest stretch of belt between pulleys.

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