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How do you releive tension on drive belt for a 96 lumina?

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2005-09-06 00:21:16
2005-09-06 00:21:16

There is a part called a belt tensioner that is spring loaded. IT has a pulley that is muonted to an arm. If you use a socket drive or socket depending on the particulars of it, you can move it enough to release the tension on it. Keep in mind it is spring loaded.

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Only a wrench to rotate the belt tensioner to releive the belt tension. You have to get at it via the passenger-side front wheel well. The longer the length of the wrench, the better.

Easy, if the belt tension is good to drive the alternator and engine accessories it's ok. If the belt does not maintain proper tension, or it's making noise replace the tensioner. There is no user adjustment. I like the NAPA part as oem replacement.

There isn't one. The tension for the serpentine belt is an automatically spring loaded tensioner on top of the engine in the front. Place a 3/8 inch ratchet in the square slot of the tensioner arm and pull it back to releive tension on the belt. Then when you put the new belt on pull it back to get it on the pullies then release it to tension the belt.

use a 3/8 drive ratchet to loosen the tension and take your belt off.Then unbolt the center bolt of the tension assembly and replace with a new unit.

usually serpentine belts get their tension(tightness) from the belt tensioner

Technically,Yes. But realistically no. They are both drive belts, but the term drive belt is normally what is referred to as a non-serpentine belt. This term is used to distinguish between the two type belts. A drive belt tension must be adjusted manually, whereas a serpentine belt tension is controlled by a tensioner.

If it is a drive belt and not a serpentine belt is has no tensioner. You manually adjust the tension by normally adjusting tension by moving the alternator. Loosen to bolts holding the alternator in place and then adjust the tension. Tighten the bolts when the tension is right. If it is serpentine belt if you follow the belt around the the engine you will see the tensioner.

It provides the proper tension on the serpentine drive belt.

No, the serpentine belt is used to drive more than one thing and tension is automatically adjust by way of a spring loaded idler pulley. Normally it will drive the alternator, power steering pump, & A/C compressor. A drive belt normally drives only one thing and tension is manually adjusted. A serpentine belt is wider that a drive belt and is not a V-Belt like a drive belt.

Most cars now have a serpentine belt that drive the alternator, water pump, power steering unit, etc. The belt tension pulley is a spring loaded pulley that keeps the proper tension on all these units. It can be moved to release the tension in order to remove the belt.

If you are referring to the Serpentine belt, you loosen no pulley. You simply remove tension from the belt. The tension is applied by the Idler Pulley. Pry the idler back and remove the belt.If you are referring to the Serpentine belt, you loosen no pulley. You simply remove tension from the belt. The tension is applied by the Idler Pulley. Pry the idler back and remove the belt.

If it is a serpentine belt, the tension is automatically adjusted by the tension idler. If the belt is loose then the tensioner needs replacing. If it is a normal drive belt, then the alternator is mounted on a slotted bracket that allows you to adjust the position of the alternator. You can loosen the bolts and adjust the tension on the belt.

If you have ACyou will have to undo the passenger side motor mount. Place a jack under the engine with a piece of wood so you don't bend anything. The tension pulley is slotted for a ratchet release enough tension to remove the belt. Now jack the motor up just enough to slip the belt through the mount assembly. If you have no AC just releive the tension and slip the belt off.If you do have AC and don't use it you can get just the standard belt if decide to go this route just cut the old belt off and slip the new one on.

When looking at the engine from the front, the tension pulley is the only wheel on the drive belt that has the belt on the inside of it. All of the other pulleys have the belt going around the top of the pulley. The tension pulley has a bolt that can be loosened and then tightened to remove the drive belt.

You have no "adjuster bolt". You have a serpentine drive belt and it's tension is maintained by an automatic belt tensioner. It is a pulley mounted on a housing containing a "clock spring" that keeps the belt under a pre-set tension and compensates for belt-wear. It is released by a special belt tool or a flex-drive handle. Mark---Raleigh, NC

if ur talking about a serpetine belt u remove the old one by releasing the tension on the belt by put a 1/2 drive ratchet into the tensioner pully and release the tension on the belt and remove it then follow the diagram on how to run the belt and then pull the tensioner and place belt with that pully into the pully drive run and then release and ur new belt is on

Remove the air intake duct, if necessary. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls - 5.7 L. Install a breaker bar with hex-head socket to the drive belt tensioner bolt. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise in order to relieve tension on the accessory drive belt. Remove the accessory drive belt from the pulleys and tensioner. Slowly release tension on the drive belt tensioner. Remove the breaker bar and socket from the drive belt tensioner bolt. Clean and inspect the drive belt surfaces of all the pulleys. Route the accessory drive belt around all the pulleys except the water pump pulley and tensioner. Install a breaker bar with hex-head socket to the drive belt tensioner bolt. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise in order to relieve tension on the drive belt tensioner. Install the accessory drive belt under the water pump pulley. Install the accessory drive belt onto the drive belt tensioner. Slowly release the tension. Remove the breaker bar and socket from the drive belt tensioner bolt. Install the air intake duct, if necessary. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls - 5.7 L. Inspect the accessory drive belt for correct alignment.

The tensioner does not need removing. It just needs to be swung out (clockwise) of the way to reduce the tension on the belt so the belt can slip over the pulleys. The tensioner has a slot, towards its end, for a 3/8 drive in it. Place the drive into that slot and you get the leverage to overcome the tension in the spring.

If the drive belt is squealing, then one of two things is wrong. Either the belt is loose or it is worn out. Adjust the belt tension or replace the belt.

if it's a six cylinder au falcon, the belt should tension itself because the six cylider engine has an automatic tensioner.

It is the top side of belt drive system having less tension in horizontal arrangement.

your drive belt is streached or bad tension springs.

It keeps drive belts under tension (pulled tight)

A tensioner automatically maintains the correct tension on the accessory drive belt.

There is a belt tension pulley with a slot for a 1/2 " drive ratchet release tension (MIGHT HAVE TO USE A CHEATER BAR) install belt. Done deal.


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