How To Remove a Belt Tensioner

If you wish to tighten your car’s drive belts, make sure that the belt tensioner is working properly. Obviously, there is something wrong with the belt tensioner if your car’s drive belts don’t contract quite well. Promptly check out either the pulley or the bearing. One of them may already be worn out. You can do the necessary repair (or replacement) by taking out the belt tensioner. You have to disconnect your car’s drive belts, too. They are attached to your car’s engine. Here are some guidelines for you:

  • Allow your car’s engine to cool down. Wait for a while before you touch your car’s engine so you don’t end up blistering your hands. Eventually, inspect your car’s engine. Start at the front section. Look at Piston No. 1. Notice its position?  Is it on a top dead center (meaning, in its highest point)?  If it is not, apply the necessary adjustments. Use a socket to move the crankshaft. And then, bring out the breaker bar so you can correct the position. You can easily do the modification once you have inserted the socket straight into the hub bolt (balancer). After that, check out the battery cable (negative). Disconnect it so you can raise your car’s front end using jack stands. Prevent your car from rolling by blocking its rear wheels.
  • Prepare to take out some of engine parts. You have to remove the ones that directly block your access to the timing belt first and then, to the belt tensioner. Of course, the specific engine parts that you need to handle depend entirely on the type of your car. Generally, you should anticipate taking out the radiator, the coolant reservoir, the power steering pump, and the drive belts (accessory).
  • Remove the timing belt. Start by taking out its cover. Other car models don’t have one. Anyway, after that, bring out an Allen wrench. Use it in rotating the belt tensioner. That should allow the belt tensioner to loosen up. Rotate some more so you can finally mitigate the tightness from the belt tensioner. The extent of the rotation required can vary. But most of the time, you can try to rotate clockwise and then, reach between 70 and 80 degrees. Afterwards, you can simply slip off the timing belt. Don’t forget to include all its pulleys.
  • Get ready to pull out the belt tensioner. This is the last step in the process. Continue by disconnecting the mounting bolts of the belt tensioner. There should be at least one mounting bolt located at the center. You should not miss that. Then, you should look for the other mounting bolts. There are several of them all over the circumference. Once you have unscrewed all the mounting bolts, it should be quite easy for you to remove the belt tensioner from your car’s engine block.

Some car models may require a different procedure. If you need more detail instructions, you can always refer to your car’s manual. You can also go on-line and read some easy-to-follow directions. You can also reach the help desk of your car’s manufacturer. They should be ready to provide some assistance.


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