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Belt hi my belt that connects to the alternatori belive i think its the serpentine belt is very loose and whenever i crank the car it slips off of the pully i was wondering how to tighten it

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There is a tensioner on that. it will take i think a 14mm or a 15 mm and the 12mm for the bolt that tightens the belt after its kinda tight not real tight then use the 14 or 15 mm to snug down the tensioner nut .

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