After installing timing belt, do I tighten the tensioner or leave it loose?

Tiny
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Can I use key way on crank pull to line it up with cam pulley. I install belt following instructions - get that thing right side tight--it keeps loosening up water pump is new 3 times? Car only has one overhead cam pulley.
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Sunday, February 19th, 2012 AT 10:42 PM

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Tiny
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Installation

1. Install camshaft sprocket if removed. Tighten retaining bolt to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
2. Install crankshaft sprocket if removed. Install timing belt over sprockets in counterclockwise direction, starting at crankshaft.

CAUTION: Maintain tension on timing belt between crankshaft and camshaft sprockets when installing belt over remaining sprockets.

3. Loosen belt tensioner retaining bolt. Allow belt tensioner to apply tension on timing belt.
4. Rotate crankshaft 2 full revolutions clockwise and realign timing marks. DO NOT rotate crankshaft counterclockwise. Tighten belt tensioner retaining bolt to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
5. To install remaining components, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.

TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
Application Ft. Lbs. (N.M)
A/C Compressor Mounting Bolt 15 22 (20 30)
Belt Tensioner Bolt 17 22 (23 30)
Crankshaft Damper Bolt 81 96 (110 130)
Power Steering Pump Bolt 30 45 (40 62)
Water Pump Bolt 15 22 (20 30)
INCH Lbs. (N.M)
Timing Belt Cover Nut 44 62 (5 7)
Valve Cover Bolt 44 106 (5 12)
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