Tightening belts.. need special tool?

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Tightening belts.. need special tool?

Post by stealth91RT » Sun Nov 07, 2004 6:43 pm

Is there any way i can tighten my own belts w/o using belt dressing? I tried that stuff before and it didn't really work... i think it's my a/c belt that's loose, it's the thin one on the far right of the engine... so can i tighten this myself? thanks

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Post by Turbo_StealthRT » Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:17 pm

You don't need any special tools, just some screwdrivers, a rachet with 10, 12, and 14 mm sockets, and a jack and lug wrench. Below is a link to Jeff's site with how to do it. It is really easy. When you get the car jacked up, the wheel removed, and all the plastic wheel well covers removed, it is a matter of loosening the bolt that goes through the tensioner pulley and tightening the adjustment bolt above the tensioner pulley. Then tighten the bolt that goes through the tensioner pulley and put everything back together.

http://www.stealth316.com/2-alt-drivebelt.htm

NOTE: Don't tighten the belt too much or you will cause excess wear on the pulleys and cause premature failure of the alternator or AC compressor.

If the belt is a couple of years old or has 30,000 miles on it or above, I would just buy a new belt since it involves about the same amount of work.

Brad
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