- Mar 27, 2003
- north of 49
Hi folks, more adventures of a non-wrench trying to DIY. I have yet to find a molehill I can’t turn into a mountain. I am trying to change my belts but after dutifully consulting the FSM I’m not clear on the order I should re-tighten the bolts, nor do I know how to accurately set the tension. I dutifully went to a reputable parts store to get a belt tension meter and the guy said I was nuts, they didn’t even carry them, and to tighten it to half an inch of play, run it for five minutes then tighten again. As for tightening, I am worried about stripping something. Would the correct order be pivot bolt, adjustment bolt, lock bolt? Also, I can’t see the head of the adjusting bolt but it feels like there is a some kind of a hex key fitting. Anyone know whether it’s a hex head or a star or what? Should I use this rather than the bolt head?