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How do you remove the belt tensioner on a 1996 plymouth voyager 3.3L? Have already removed the belt.

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  • machinery99 May 26, 2011

    Thanks alot for the info. However, I have to remove the actual tensioner that the pulley is mounted on. Im trying to do it myself. I have the tools and jacks. I cannot seem to find the bolt holding it in place. Thanks again.

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Hi,

A tensioner pulley is used to maintain proper belt tension. Some belt tensioners are locked in place with a bolt or nut after correct adjustment has been made. Other designs use spring tension to automatically tension the belt. Advice: Too much tension will cause a strain on any bearings involved. Not enough tension can lead to slippage or belts jumping off. Tensioner pulley bearings are of the sealed type and can not be serviced. Check to make sure that there is no wobble or play in the bearing and that it turns smoothly. If any play or roughness is found, the tensioner pulley should be replaced. If spring tension is being used, ensure the integrity of the spring

To re;move the pulley you'll need a 'breaker bar' or a long socket wrench. Just slip the correct socket over the bolt and unloosen it. If your Voyager was built in Canada, the nuts and bolts are usually metric. Make certain that you're using the correct size so as not to strip the bolt. It's a pain because of the lack of room. Just take it slow and easy.

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Posted on May 25, 2011

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