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Old 11th June 2007
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Default serpentine belt tensioner tool??

OK. While trying to get the serpentine belt off on the 2.3t, the tensioner is like a little shock absorber, which I had to replace for darn close to $90. But while putting the belt back on, the tensioner was wery hard to compress enough to but the belt back on. So I was forced to rig up a very unsafe and difficult setup involving a hydraulic jack, 2 bricks, a 2x4, and 2 friends (1 larger one sitting on the car to keep in on the jack stand, one jacking, and me risking my hands to try to get the belt on.)

I guess I would like to know if there is a tool to compress this tensioner, and if so where can I get it? I cant seem to find one anywhere on the net.
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Check the archive. This has been discussed many time before. But it is so elegant its worth repeating. You need a 1/2" drive 18" long breaker bar and a 1/2" drive 19 mm short socket. Assuming you have the passenger side wheel off, the wheel arch removed and the belt loosely and properly routed, stand in front of the car facing the rear. Slip the 19 mm socket onto the tensioner bolt head. Push the bar toward the rear tip pointing up. Exert a steady force onto the bar until the tensioner is compressed so you can slip the last loose part of the belt onto the idler between the alternator and power steering pump. You need to use your right hand to keep the force on the bar and the tensioner and crouch down to use your left hand to slip the belt on the idler.

Takes about 1 minute.
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OK. While trying to get the serpentine belt off on the 2.3t, the tensioner is like a little shock absorber, which I had to replace for darn close to $90. But while putting the belt back on, the tensioner was wery hard to compress enough to but the belt back on. So I was forced to rig up a very unsafe and difficult setup involving a hydraulic jack, 2 bricks, a 2x4, and 2 friends (1 larger one sitting on the car to keep in on the jack stand, one jacking, and me risking my hands to try to get the belt on.)

I guess I would like to know if there is a tool to compress this tensioner, and if so where can I get it? I cant seem to find one anywhere on the net.
Sounds like something I would have tried 3 years ago.... come to think of it, that is something I tried 3 years ago.
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