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How do I replace the serpentine belt idler arm that is under the power steering pump? There does not appear to be an easy way to get a wrench on the mounting bolt.

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You may need to use a 1/2 drive breaker bar with a 3in extension and the right socket.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011

  • edselcorvair Mar 13, 2011

    Ther is no room to fit a wrench between the "bolt" and the inner fender nor is there an acces hole in the inner fender to insert a wrench with an extension.

  • kheavyduty Mar 29, 2011

    Go to this web site, it was very helpful to me... Not the same year model but I believe they are all the same.http://chronoscender.freeservers.com/neo...

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