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The tensioner is marked on the schematic below. Loosen it off and adjust the belt until you can turn the belt on the run between the PS and the AC through 90 deg without straining it, then make sure that the tensioner is locked again.

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1.Somewhere in the middle of that serpentine belt, that is wrapped around all those pulleys, is an Idler tensioner Pulley. All this pulley does, is put tension on that serpentine belt. Usually located somewhere in the middle.

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The spring used to put pressure is Very strong. This is also an area, where you can easily slip, cutting your knuckles, or fingers, or hand, on sharp objects. Use caution, you may want to wear a glove, or gloves!)

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