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Tensioner The belt is intact looks good, I am not sure what the tensioner would look like, is it something that tightens the belt?

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Yes it keeps the belt tight so it can turn the drum. its like a pulley that keeps the tension on the belt so that the tub can spin the belt tight now or is it loose?

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I own a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4L ES. When i turn my car on the Auxiliary belt makes a squealing noise for a bit then it stops. But it doesnt always make this noise, and it has something to do with...

hi there, here is what i have found for you, i hope it helps:
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  • Find the bolt assembly for the belt. This bolt structure will be on or near the main component that the belt serves. Look at all of the pulleys around which the belt winds, and you will find a bolt system to adjust tension. For an alternator belt, the bolt system is by the alternator. For a power steering belt, look near the power steering pump.
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  • Turn the adjustment bolt. Turning the adjustment bolt moves the component either toward the engine in order to loosen belt tension, or away from the engine in order to tighten belt tension.
  • Slip off the old belt and install the new one, once the belt tension is released. Make sure the belt is correctly seated on all pulleys.
  • Turn the adjustment bolt the other way to bring the component away from the engine and add belt tension. Test the belt for correct tension by pressing on it and checking deflection.
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