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Old 12-21-2008, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Serpentine belt change

Ok, before I start, I have tried a search, but couldnt' find exactly the answer I was looking for.

I would like to change the belt on my car. I've found the tensioner, and I know what tool to use to loosen it, but my question is which part to loosen? As I look at it, there are two parts to the tensioner, the main body, and the outer wheel (the part which actually tensions the belt).

http://www.onlinewholesaleparts.com/hbt0001.html

Both seem to have bolts, but I'm not sure which one actually needs to be manipulated to loosen the belt. I don't want to strip the one that's not supposed to move.

Also, does the tensioner need to be changed at some point? I had a friend who's tensioner died, and now that I"m in the know about that as a possibility, I didn't know if that would be a potential maintenance issue.

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Old 12-21-2008, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty sure it's a 14mm bolt, here's the scans:



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Old 12-21-2008, 04:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, you're right, 14mm. The damn autozone guy told me it was 15 (when I rented the kit), it had no 14mm bit, I have no 14mm bit (for some reason, but I have 10, 12, 13, 15)

Luckily, 9/16 is pretty close to 14mm, closer then 15mm is to the actual bolt. Too late I've already started to strip the tensioner bolt.

I may have answered my own question about replacing the belt tensioner. At least I have the scans to do that (thank you horro).
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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While I'm on it, does anyone know how loose/tight the belt is supposed to be while the tensioner is torqued? I could only get the belt about 1/3 the way around the upper most thing (power steering?) around the belt, and not nearly enough to loop it around.

This was supposed to be easy....
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You must use a lowlowlow profile 14mm socket. The kit I rented did not have one, only 18, 16, and 15mm bits.
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Very good and*informative*exchange*..*Thank you!
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Old thread, but to those wondering, I have one of these and works great!!!

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