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hey guys quick question, on ever other car, there has been a spring loaded tensioner, it appears to be just to the left of the alternator if your looking ahead into the engine bay, usually you can just put a ratchet on them and act like your tightening and the whole things rotates and lifts off the belt, but this one isnt like this.

my friend is saying just pop the whole tensioner off but im trying to tell him thats a bad idea because it will be horrible to get back on.


i know this is easy and im trying not to over complicate, how do i go about getting this alt off. which bolt do i use to relieve stress on the bolt and what do i do with it

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if you're trying to get the belt off grab a open/box 11/16 wrench. (or a socket) put it on the bolt of the tensioner pulley (the one below the a/c) and pull up. then take the belt off.
 

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that is just an idler. The tensioner is on the passenger side of the engine, down lower than the water pump. The alternator bolts all should be obvious, one on top, one on the bottom (I am a bit hazy, I haven't worked on my 89 in some time).
 

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I suppose its not good when you can force down the tensioner by hand? I have to put some of my weight behind it, but I can push it enough to pull the belt off.
 

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Thats an idler.
There is a pin behind it thats why it will not move.
If you loosen the bolt far enough though, you will have enough room to slide it far enough from the bracket so that it will move. it goes back pretty easily.
just make sure that you line the pin back up before you tighten it back up.
 
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