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post #1 of 12 Old 08-21-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Belt Tension

Alright, I've read where you pull up on the belt and have someone flip the lock on the tensioner (except for the one dude that said he pulled the belt up with left hand and flicked the tab with his right). How the heck y'all doing this? I've read standing on the engine, but there is no room - are you taking the hood off?

Any ideas would help as I really need to get the alternator changed - only putting out 11.8 volts, and of course getting a wrench on the tensioner is like...........impossible.

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i stand on the pass side tire cause mines lifted and pull the belt flip down the retention no removal of anything

you have to be a little large for the leverage or have some upper body strength

otherwise just use a 1/2 breaker bar and the square recess

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I have heard of loosening the alt and tipping it out of a fully tensioned belt but I have not tried that

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Im a pretty big boy (6'4" 213lbs) and I will tell you there is room. It aint comfy but you can do it.
What I do is throw 2 very thick worn out winter jackets over the motor. I crawl right up and in there. I then grab the belt and heeveho and have who ever is around flip the trap door. But ya your gonna have to PULL!!!

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i have the same height but 40 lbs on you maybe weight is the key ? LOL

i don't pull up on mine i pull out toward the pass side and no one is ever around so flippin the retainer is mine also

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Hmmm towards the passenger side......Ill give that a try.
Ive had my kids up there and they weigh around 50 lbs and they still complain!

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Yea ya gotta be a real grown up boy to use the belt pull trick. I had a guy in the stall next to me that could just standing on the floor reach over pull the belt with one hand and set the latch with the other. Only guy I ever saw could do that.


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I'll give the passenger side trick a shot......not a lot of room for my 270lb svelte figure up there. I climbed in but just could not find a good angle to pull.

Guess I better go buy some Wheaties.....

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I stand on the passenger side, pull the belt toward me with one hand, flip the latch with the other. Have always read on here how hard a time people have with it but I've never had a problem.

On a different subject, changing the belt they say can be a real pain but I did it in less than 10 minutes without removing anything and yes the stator is still there.

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I stand on the passenger side, pull the belt toward me with one hand, flip the latch with the other. Have always read on here how hard a time people have with it but I've never had a problem.

On a different subject, changing the belt they say can be a real pain but I did it in less than 10 minutes without removing anything and yes the stator is still there.

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