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Unread 11-14-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Belt tensioner on 4.0 ! !

Hey gang,
In process of replacing (waterpump/belt/fans) and at point of loosening belt up...noticed tensioner has a small TORX bolt.

My understanding is to turn it CLOCKWISE to loosen tension...correct?

Tried that (shy of too much torque) and no luck.

Also...saw this post which sheds light on it... anybody successfully loosen their's WITHOUT damaging this wonderful torx bolt?


http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...-bolt-1458901/

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Unread 11-14-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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Unless you are replacing the tensioner, no need to remove it. use a ratchet without a socket and insert the square portion on the ratchet where the socket would fit into the square hole on the tensioner and use the ratchet to create leverage to move the tensioner arm and loosen the belt. If removing the tensioner altogether to replace with a new one; I removed the tensioner along with the whole bracket and took it to a shop where they removed torx bolt and replaced it with my new tensioner. It was too tight of an angle to get next to the fan blade with a ratchet and torx head, and get any leverage to remove the tensioner by itself.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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Are you trying to adjust the default tension of the tensioner, or just get the belt off? If it's the belt, use a long ratchet or breaker bar in the square hole, and don't mess with the torx.

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Unread 11-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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Awesome! ....thanks guys.. (I just need to loosen the belt to get it off.)



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