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How do you loosen the tensioner pulley on a cadillac cts 2003

How do you loosen the tensioner pulley when you are putting on the surpentine belt in a cadillac cts 2003

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    Thanks for the rating, on the tensioner pulley the bolt that holds the pulley in place put a wrench and turn it clockwise that will loosen the tension on the belt, remove belt while holding tension, rest, rout new belt and again release tension and install new belt.

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My sincere apologies for the severly delayed response.
I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions.

I do not know if you still need this information, however I am answering it in case you still do.

Click on the following direct Link. It has A Diagram for your Belt.


Standard Rules to Removal the Serpentine Belt with a Tensioner:
1. Find the Tensioner(s). (See Diagram on Link)
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 it\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.
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