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How do you release pressure on the tensioner arm of the serpinetine system?

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Look on the front of the tensioner there is a square hole in the front of it take an extention for a 3/8 inch socket wrench but on the socket wrench with now socket put the end of it in the square hole and push back againest the spring tention and the belt will come off just remeber how to put it back on you may want to take a picture hope this helps

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