1998 Cavalier:Replacing Alternator:Need help w/tensioner


I am trying to replace my alternator. As far as I know, I need to loosen the belt tensioner to allow slack in the belt, so I can pull it of the pulleys.

My problem is I have limited access to the tensioner. I cannot get a ratchet in there because the ratchet is too thick. I have bought a special serpentine belt wrench, but it is so long I cannot move it in any direction w/o bumping other brackets.

Can it be possible to change the alternator just by unbolting it and manually removing the belt?

Also when I put the new one in, will I be able to put the belt back on manually?

Do you
have the same problem?
Saturday, June 9th, 2007 AT 6:59 PM

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NVM; Problem fixed.

I took the alternator off just by unbolting it, naturally the belt slid right off. My concern was putting the new one on.

Of course when I put the new one on, I had no slack in the belt. With limited access to my belt tensioner, I managed to get my belt tensioner tool in there, but still could not get enough leverage.

After staring at this thing for awhile, I realized I could just push down on the tensioner as opposed to turning the tensioner. Once I realized this, I pushed down more than enough I then just slipped the belt on.

Hope this might help someone else.

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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 12:25 AM

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