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Old 10-09-2017, 10:52 AM   #1
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belt tensioner problem

I'm trying to replace my '01's alternator. I can't release the tension on the belts. I push down on the idler pulley and nothing happens other than the 24mm bolt head turning.
I turned the bolt quite a few turns; will the bolt finally shear or will turning it too much cause the pulley to bind? A youtube video made it look ridiculously easy but...
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Old 10-09-2017, 03:14 PM   #2
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Are you pushing down on the wrong bolt?
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:03 AM   #3
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There is a nut on the back side, 15mm I think, so the whole thing may be turning. Sounds like you have to tighten the bolt up a bit to get it to loosen the spring. Slip the 15mm open end on the back side and tighten the 24 up.

Take a picture of how the belt runs because it will give you a stroke trying to remember how it goes.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:10 AM   #4
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I had the correct bolt. The nut on the rear was spinning. Thanks!!

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