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Where can you find the automatic tension adjuster for the alternator belt on your 1994 Cavalier?


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2015-07-14 15:06:44
2015-07-14 15:06:44

Our '94 Cavalier does not have a tension bolt, it simply needs the rightinstallation, as per the diagram on the car. After scraping off the crudwe could see the diagram.

The belt doesn't go in a 'loop' fashion, it loops around the first few thanUP to a pulley and DOWN to last pulley then across to front. .

Moncton Motors :-)

The center pulley is the "tension" pulley you have to push it down to get the belt on. I also take the top bolt out of the alternator and loosen the bottom one so I can move it forward a little to get it on. I'm a girl and I don't have the muscle power to do it the other way. I also. :-)

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The tensioner is automatic, if it fails to tension the belt enough a new tensioner and belt should be fitted, beware it in not an easy job. Dave.

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undo the bottom bolt on the alternator and the top tension adjuster bolt. unbolt the ground wire going to it and pull the plug going to it. reverse all steps to put new alternator in.

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if the car doesn't have an automatic tensioner than if the belt is around the alternator pully you loosen the bolt holding the alternator on and move the alternator to tighten the belt.

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If the alternator is driven by a drive belt, the answer is yes. You adjust the tension by loosing the bolts on the alternator mounting brackets and sliding the alternator until the proper tension, (around 1/4" deflection at mid point of the belt) is achieved. If however it has a Serpentine Belt driving the alternator, then there is no adjustment. Tension is held by the idler pulley. If it is loose then the belt is worn out, the idler tensioner is defective, or both.

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