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Old 09-20-2008, 06:10 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by SHICKS View Post
The proper way to relieve the tension on the belts is to put a 5/8 or metric equivalent on the hex stub on the tensioner bracket as shown in these pictures and rotate clockwise. No need to remove dust caps.
Depends on your car I guess. I was going by what the Bentley manual said to do, they say to remove the dust caps on the tension pulley and use that. I went back out and looked and I do have what appears to be something similar to your hex stub, but it is under a cap too (so you still have to remove a cap...), if you look at the beginning of this post at the 11th picture you can see it just above the left hand part of the green arrow pointing to the alt belt tensioner.

I'll try that next time.

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