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Has anyone replaced the main belt tensioner by yourself (the one that's on the right - passenger - side of the engine, with 2 screws and is visible from the top). I hear people do this alone.

Do I remove the 2 screws first and then remove the belt? Or do I remove the belt first and then unscrew the tensioner? The belt is pretty tight obviously and I don't want to damage it by pulling it off while tensioner is still on. :lookinup:

any one?
 

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I would remove the belt to relieve the tension from the main belt tensioner before unbolting it. I don't like busted knuckles.
 

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Use a breaker-bar to relieve the tension and take the belt off. Then use the breaker bar and return the tensioner to it's orginal position so it doesn't snapback on you. Pull the two bolts and install the new one. It's pretty simple to complete. Good luck.:thumbsup:
 

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one more question about the breaker-bar tool ...

I found the replacement procedure with pictures on the web (http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2001/april/serpentine/serpentpg4.asp). I didn't know what a breaker-bar was, but now I do.

Can I do this with any tool that will safely allow me to push the tensioner down as I would do with a breaker-bar? Can this be done WITHOUT a breaker-bar. Cause, then I would have to buy one or sth?
 

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I've had a squeaky belt syndrome so I've been removing the belts frequently while diagnosing. You can just use the appropriate sized crescent or box wrench, just watch your knuckles.
 
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