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Too much play in the pulley sysetem

I have too much play in the pulley system. When I use the pec fly position the arm bars move about 4in before engaging and moving the weight. I have to raise the top weight play several inches and adjust the chain link at the bottom of the machine to tighten it up but I think there must be a better way. What am I doing wrong. Thanks

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1/4" is too tight, you should have one inch minimum. Check it while the bike is upright sitting on the tires. Move the longest part of the chain up and down and you should have one to one and a half inches of play.

As a comparison, my BMW 650 has seven inches of suspension travel at the rear and my spec is 45 to 55mm which is about an inch and 3/4 to two inches.

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Make sure the path of the belt is correct. The belt is tightened by a spring loaded arm with a pulley on it. There is a cut-out or raised position molded into the spring arm for a Rachet or breaker bar to attach. It will be a square shape to match the 1/2 drive breaker bar.

When force is applied, the arm will move and contract the spring. This will provide room to slip on the belt with your free hand.

The idea is to slip the belt on at the easiest point. Often this is the top pulley on the Alternator.

What you should also do is rotate each pulley on the engine, including the A/C, by hand, to diagnose bad bearings, which will have a rough rotation.

There are some spring arms which can be pressed by hand, without a tool, to provide the clearance to slip on a belt. Really depends on where the spring arm is and how strong you are. Just route the belt around the spring arm and press with your body weight to move the spring while slipping the belt on the Alternator pulley or any you can reach.

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This may not work for all engines but should work for most. Most engines are the same when it comes to a serpentine belt. There is a series of pulleys. Some are ribbed and some are flat. The belt will go on to match. The ribbed side of the belt will pass across the ribbed pulleys and the flat side against the flat pulleys. It is fairly easy to figure out the outermost pulleys which the belt must go around. Once you have done this you can assess which ones to put the flat side of the belt against.

One of the pulleys is the tension pulley. It is generally on a moving arm and has a spring tensioner. When the belt is off, the arm should move.

When a belt is on the engine you have to release the tension to remove it. This generally requires a fairly large breaker bar or a socket wrench with a cheater pipe to generate enough force to release the tension. There is generally a nut that holds the tension pulley on. If you are loosening the nut when you pull with the breaker bar you are pulling the wrong direction. It takes a good amount of force to loosen the tension on the belt. If you removed the tension pulley as a means of removing the belt you will have to reattach the pulley and then make sure you pull in the correct direction to allow the belt to go over the tension pulley to reinstall.

If you are replacing a broken belt you have to move the tension pulley to allow the belt to slip onto it. Pull the breaker bar to move the pulley. Pulling it far enough allows the belt to easily slip on. Again, if the nut is loosening or you aren't moving the pulley and arm you are pulling the wrong way. It takes quite a force to move the pulley.

Once the belt is on the tension pulley, make sure it is properly sitting on all pulleys and the grooves in the belt match the grooves on the pulleys.

Be careful not to pinch any fingers.

And make sure you don't leave any sockets attached when starting the engine.

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The belt tensioner keeps the belt tight inside each accessory pulley while the engine is running. The tensioner is made up of a spring-loaded arm. If the spring inside of the tensioner becomes loose then it will not be able to hold the belt properly.And belt will also get loose. The belt tensioner is on the engine underneath the alternator. Its fitted by bolt.To loose the belt you will need drive socket and breaker bar .Turn the breaker bar counterclockwise to release tension from the belt.Remove the mounting bolt at the top center of the tensioner arm.The tensioner arm is loose and will easily come out.If you in-case are to replace the tensioner then place the new tensioner in same place and tighten the bolt which you removed.Before removing or moving the belt check the position of the belt passing from each that when you fit the parts there is no problem in fitting the parts.
After its done.Start the engine and see that belt and tensioner runs freely and belt moving from each pulley smoothly.
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How to install a serpentine belt on a 1994 mercury grand marquis it seems that i can get a 3/8 or 1/2in ratchet to move tensioner

It is sometimes pretty tough getting it to move.
Make sure you are Rotating it the correct way.
Do you have a Breaker Bar or a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool. Stores like Harbor Freight and even some Auto Parts Stores have these. Some of the auto parts stores have these for rent (for free with a refundable deposit).
I like and use weekly the Serpentine Tool from Harbor Freight (Item #66344-0VGA- $20). It is narrow enough to fit in most tight spots. The main bar has a 3/8-in fitting, and the extension bar can connect to this with a 1/2-in fitting.
The idea is to have more leverage. The Ratchet and/or Wrench sometimes does not provide that leverage needed.

When installing follow the below guidelines. DO NOT try to put the Belt on the Tensioner last.

Standard Rules to Removal the Serpentine Belt with an Automatic Tensioner:
1. Find the Tensioner(s).
2. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool, Or Wrench OR Ratchet, Rotate/Move the Tensioner USING THE AVAILABLE NUT (on the Pulley or Arm Base) OR the OPENING (3/8ths or 1/2 inch square opening) rotating the Tensioner Pulley/Arm - moving it away from contact with the belt and towards the area where the belt is not in contact with the Tensioner Pulley. The Tensioner is spring loaded, and is hard to rotate/move.
3. Remove the loosened belt off one of the other more easily accessed Pulleys.
4. DO NOT quickly release the Tensioner, but gently allow the Tensioner to rest in its closed position.

Standard Rules for Installing the Serpentine Belt with an Automatic Tensioner:
a. Pick a Pulley that is most easily accessed. This will usually be on top. This will be the last Pulley that the belt will go on.
b. Using the Diagram: Install the new Serpentine Belt on the remainder of the Pulleys....over, under, left right.
c. Using a Serpentine Belt Tensioner Tool or Wrench or Ratchet Tool: Rotate/Move the Tensioner Pulley/Arm "away" from Belt contact area on the Tensioner. This spring is pretty hard and with a new belt, it will be even harder to install. Rotate/Move this to as-close to the maximum allowed inorder to have enough slack in the belt to get it up and over the last pulley.
d. Using your other hand - Pull the Belt up and over the Last remaining Pulley.
e. Before releasing the pressure on the Tensioner, visually inspect the remainder Pulleys and the Belts' Positioning on them.
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it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle to relieve belt tension

  1. On 1994-97 2.2L engines and 1994-96 4.3L engines, using a 1/2 in. breaker bar and if necessary, with a socket placed on the tensioner pulley bolt, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  2. On 1998-99 2.2L engines and 1997-99 4.3L engines, using a 3/8 in. breaker bar, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the belt tension. On some 2.2L engines it may be easier to attach the breaker bar to the tensioner arm from under the vehicle.
  3. Remove the serpentine belt.
To install:
  1. Route the belt over all the pulleys except the tensioner.
  2. Place the breaker bar and if necessary the socket, on the tensioner pulley bolt and rotate the tensioner counterclockwise to the released position.
  3. Install the belt and return the pulley slowly to its original position. Do not let the pulley snap back into position as this may damage the belt and pulley.
  4. Check that the belt is properly seated in each pulley.

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Here's how to get a serpentine belt on or off (You'll need to do both). It's easy and doesn't require a prybar.

  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" socket and a long handled ratchet or breaker bar.
  • Get the belt around all the pulleys except the A/C compressor or Alternator.
  • Locate the tensioner pulley. It's one of the smaller ones and is mounted on a spring loaded arm. It's job, as the name suggests, is to keep the belt tight. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt on the final pulley.
  • Slowly release the tension.
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  • Locate the tensioner pulley. It's one of the smaller ones and is mounted on a spring loaded arm. It's job, as the name suggests, is to keep the belt tight. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt off one of the pulley's (A/C or Alternator is best)
  • Slowly release the tension.
  • You're done


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On one of the pullys you will see what they call a tensioner pully. Its a small pully with a flat surface with no lip to to prevent belt run off and is the only pully that will pivot on a springloaded arm. Also, the backside of the belt will be the side running across that pulley. Look at the arm on that pully and sometimes (depending on the design) you will may see a Square hole. That hole is made to place a 3/8 " rachet drive or breaker bar into it and by pushing or pulling (depending on your position relative to the pully) you will pivet the tensioner pully so that the pulley moves away from the belt. It should pivet in one direction only. Watch the tension in the belt go slack. Then as you keep the pressure on the ratchet with the pulley fully released (when you can piviet it no more) use your other hand and slip the belt out from under the pully. If you do not see a square hole you can will need to use a pry bar and find a location to pry against the pulley arm that will release the tension. This arm is spring loaded so use caution and be safe that you do not slip to avoid injury.

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