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Water pump / alt. belt

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by WaltP, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. WaltP

    WaltP Formula 3

    Nov 1, 2003
    1,457
    Cape Canaveral/Atlanta
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    Walt P
    I have to retension my belt but am having a difficult time getting to the adj. nut & bolt on the alternator. I am working with the car on jack stands. Would this task be substanially easier with the car on a lift or is it just one of those hard to reach places?
     
  2. 308GTS

    308GTS Formula 3

    Dec 27, 2001
    2,220
    TN
    I use a long broom handle to tension the belt then I tighten the nut on the alt. with my other hand.
     
  3. pma1010

    pma1010 F1 Rookie
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    Jul 21, 2002
    2,556
    Chicago
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    Philip
    Walt
    I use a pry bar wrapped in a cloth wedged between the alternator and the motor and apply gentle pressure to it as the adjustment bolt is tensioned. Generally you can get the adjuster "stiff" so that it will not slide back and release tension but still preserve the ability to tweak the position with a little effort on the pry bar.
    Philip
     

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