- Feb 9, 2009
Wow it took me all afternoon to change the belts. First the ac tensioner was stuck. Got that done. Removed the pulley and cleaned. Painted the cover nut. Awesome. NOT. The alternator tensioner was seized solid. I mean I know I’ve neglected it the past few years but good grief. It’s mad at me. Well I had to take the bracket loose from the block. No biggie. Added some heat. Put in vise. Presto it spins back. Easy breezy. NOPE. I had it all back together. I had the tensioner way out. No dice. The new belts wouldn’t slip over. Took the tensioner n bracket back off so I could see. I spun it all the way out as far as it would line up still. Back together. The new belts still barely slipped over. Now back to a million quarter turns to get it tight. Access from below has a tad more room. I remember hating that job but not the new belts being so short. Removing the whole bracket seems like a good shortcut for disassembly. Anyone else have issues and what might be your work around?