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What is the procedure for replacing a serpentine belt in a 98 Grand Am GT 4cyl with a locked up tensioner pulley?

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2006-12-15 05:34:28
2006-12-15 05:34:28

When the tensioner pulley is frozen and u need to change the belt the only possible thing you can do is cut the old belt and replace the belt tensioner pulley, theres no other possible method.

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