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I cannot get the tension pulley to give me slack to get belt on

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  • pfsjonmann Apr 07, 2011

    The nut that holds the assembly to the engine?

  • pfsjonmann Apr 07, 2011

    Is that the tension pulley nut that connects to the engine?

  • pfsjonmann Apr 07, 2011

    ok by filling it, it fills like it will take a ratcher or wrench of course it is facing the engine, so will be fun to get to. Can I take the tension pulley off to loosen it?

  • pfsjonmann Apr 12, 2011

    Thanks for your help. I finally did get this belt on. I was trying to do it using the bolt holding the tension pulley on the engine instead of the pully bolt. I had been on the autozone website but it did not give me directions for the pulley. Anyhow, I had a friend come over. He did the bolt while I pulled the belt over the idle pulley. The job definitely took 2 people.



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Make sure you try both directions with the wrench on the pulley nut. If it will not move, find a spot on the belt where you can pull or push it and watch the pulley to see which way it moves. It could be locked up in that position.

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    Charles T Nevin Apr 07, 2011

    No. The nut on the actual pulley itself. Some take a wrench to move it others take a 3/8 or 1/2 inch ratchet drive to turn it. Look at the center of the pulley and see which it has.

  • Charles T Nevin
    Charles T Nevin Apr 07, 2011

    You would have to take the entire bracket off the engine. There is a built in spring in the tension pulley and is made to loosen the belt as long as it's held in the sprung position. If you go to the Auto Zone web site you can probably see a diagram and instructions for doing it. Click the current vehicle and choose add a vehicle and you can see instructions. Here's the address.



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