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Old 16 May 2018, 04:42 pm
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Has anybody replaced the tensioner for the drive belt for the power steering and AC compressor? Want to know if it can be accessed easily from the right wheel well behind the splash shield.
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Old 16 May 2018, 04:58 pm
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Yes, you get to the tensioner through the right wheel well by removing the splash guard. Here's a tip I posted some time ago. It's a snippet from replacing the power steering hose.

Removing the tensioner isn't too bad. A short 15mm socket on a ratchet loosens it. But you can only crack it loose, backing the bolt out will jam the socket-ratchet against the frame. The trick is to crack the bolt loose, remove the socket-ratchet, take the socket off the ratchet and then use just the socket (by itself) on the bolt to back the bolt out with your finger tips. Assembly is the reverse.
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Old 16 May 2018, 05:59 pm
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Yes, you get to the tensioner through the right wheel well by removing the splash guard. Here's a tip I posted some time ago. It's a snippet from replacing the power steering hose.

Removing the tensioner isn't too bad. A short 15mm socket on a ratchet loosens it. But you can only crack it loose, backing the bolt out will jam the socket-ratchet against the frame. The trick is to crack the bolt loose, remove the socket-ratchet, take the socket off the ratchet and then use just the socket (by itself) on the bolt to back the bolt out with your finger tips. Assembly is the reverse.
Thanks for the tip !
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Yes. I just did mine about a year and a half ago. It was pretty easy.
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Old 17 May 2018, 03:40 am
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Yes. I just did mine about a year and a half ago. It was pretty easy.
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Old 17 May 2018, 07:58 am
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If the pulley is squeaking, you may need to only replace the pulley wheel itself. Taking it off requires the same craziness with no clearance, but the pulley wheel is cheap at $28 locally vs the entire tensioner assembly at $40 mail order or $70 locally. Plus my aftermarket pulley was narrower than the OEM which made installation much easier. You can see that the new pulley is wide enough for the belt, but isn't so wide that it hinders putting the center bolt back in like the original.


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If the pulley is squeaking, you may need to only replace the pulley wheel itself. Taking it off requires the same craziness with no clearance, but the pulley wheel is cheap at $28 locally vs the entire tensioner assembly at $40 mail order or $70 locally. Plus my aftermarket pulley was narrower than the OEM which made installation much easier. You can see that the new pulley is wide enough for the belt, but isn't so wide that it hinders putting the center bolt back in like the original.

If it is the bearing though, you can pound a new one in for even cheaper.




Carl48, if the bolt goes right against the frame, take a some wood, or a hockey puck, and put it on a jack and raise the transmission, it will tilt the motor side ways and should give you the clearence.
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Carl48, if the bolt goes right against the frame, take a some wood, or a hockey puck, and put it on a jack and raise the transmission, it will tilt the motor side ways and should give you the clearence.
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Old 18 May 2018, 07:41 am
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I used to use wood, but when jacking up a car with wood all the cracks always made me nervous, Hockey pucks are soft enough to not punch through the pan, but tough enough to not make noise. I got one I cut a slit in, so it fits perfectly on the pinch weld
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Old 18 May 2018, 03:44 pm
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I used to use wood, but when jacking up a car with wood all the cracks always made me nervous, Hockey pucks are soft enough to not punch through the pan, but tough enough to not make noise. I got one I cut a slit in, so it fits perfectly on the pinch weld
We must think alike. Took a hockey puck to the machine shop and had a friend mill an approximate 5/16" x 5/16" groove across the face of it. Fits nice into the pinch seam.
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