I need to replace the serpentine belt tensioner assembly on my 1990 Tempo 2.3 l. However I can't see how to get access to the tensioner assembly for removal. There is very tight clearance on the right side of the engine, and there is only about 1 inch of space between the tensioner assembly and the right wheel well-engine compartment. No way to reach the attaching bolts that I can see.
Looking the situtation over, it seems I need to remove the right side motor mount and then raise the engine about 2-3 inches, which looks like it would give me enough access to remove the tensioner assembly. Can anyone advise on this? Is there a simpler way? Thank you!
Thanks for the reply. While the video is infomative, it doesn't quite depict the situation on my Tempo. The motor he is working on is quite different from mine. I need to actually replace the tensioner assembly, not just the belts. And on the engine depicted in this video, there is much more clearance to access the tensioner mounting bolts.
January, 15, 2012 AT 4:31 AM
NOT HAVING DONE THIS FEAT ON YOUR VEHICLE
I SEARCHED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES IN MITCHELL I
REMOVAL WAS MENTIONED IN 2 PLACES--(SEE 1ST PIC)....NOT MUCH THERE
MENTIONED AGAIN IN "ENGINE REMOVAL" IT SIMPLY SAYS: "REMOVE TENSIONER"....(AFTER THE ENGINE IS OUT OF THE CAR)
I KNOW THIS MUST FRUSTRATE YOU AND YOU WANT STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONSI'M GIVING YOU ALL I CAN FIND---AND MAYBE SUGGESTIONS TO COMPLETE YOUR TASK DIY (LIKE!) I TOO WOULD FROWN UPON A BIG SHOP OR THE STEALERSHIP DOING THIS "NOT SO HARD JOB" AND LEAVING WITH THAT "VICTIM" SHATTERED LOOK!
THIS IS A TYPICAL PIC OF YOUR TENSIONER (PIC 2)
PIC 3 IS THE FRONT VIEW OF THE ENGINE
I FOUND ANOTHER VIDEO WITH A 2.3 ENGINE--THE TENSIONER LOOKS TO BE IN ANOTHER LOCATION.....MIGHT HELP SOME.......WHAT YOU WILL REALLY LIKE!!!........THE NARRATOR SEEMS TO BE A MIME!!!
I succesfully replaced the belt tensioner assembly. On this car, because of the tight clearance on the right hand side of the engine, it was necessary to do the following: 1) Remove the alternator
2) Remove cruise control assembly from right fender
3) Place jack under oil pan to support engine
4) Remove top plate from right-hand motor mount (two bolts on top, one nut reached from underneath car
5) Raise engine about 3 inches, to allow access to tensioner attaching bolts.
Hope this helps someone in the future.
January, 23, 2012 AT 4:09 PM
Correction on the right motor mount top plate removal---there are also two stud nuts on the top that need to be removed. A total five fasteners to remove top plate---2 bolts and 3 stud nuts (one from underneath).