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Trying to get the belt tensioner loose so i can get the alternator changed, but there is no clearance to get any tool between there on a 1996 grand am v6. how do i get to the bolt to loosen the belt?

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If you look carefully the tensioner will have a square hole. The hole 3/8 of an inch. A 3/8 ratchet will fit into the hole.

If it doesn't have the hole than a 15mm box end wrench will need to be used.

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