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The tension is automatically applied by the tensioner pulley. If it is noisy either the belt is bad or a bearing is failing in the idler or AC compressor pulley.

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SOURCE: Need to adjust drive belt tension on 6 cylinder 96jeep

it should have an automatic tensioner if belt is loose then it needs to be replaced

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has automatic belt tensioner

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SOURCE: '88 Mighty Max 2.0 w/noisy AC/fan belt tensioner.

Hi! Yes you can bypass the tensioner if the a/c doesn't work anymore. Just look for a fan belt that will fit. HOpe this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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