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    Help serpentine belt install!!

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    Hi everyone i would love ANY tips on geting this s**t on it just wont go one i have the tensioner pulled as far as it can go but no luck!! Any tips would help. Seems like audi made extra hard to slip this belt back on. And i checked the diagram over and over so i know its on correct!

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    Oh and its a 1.8t

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    The Bentley would help I guess.
    Its stupid easy with the steps in there.
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    tensioner probably isnt completly loose. Ive had my wrench handle catching on a bracket or something and been pissed off wrestling the belt till i take a closer look, reposition the wrench and tada pops right on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingolstadta4 View Post
    tensioner probably isnt completly loose. Ive had my wrench handle catching on a bracket or something and been pissed off wrestling the belt till i take a closer look, reposition the wrench and tada pops right on!
    Sorry if its a retorical question but how exaclty do you loosen the tensioner?

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    You take a 17mm wrench and grab the tab on the top and rotate it clockwise. It should be the little tab in the center of this tensioner here. When you push that clockwise the black roller on the end pulls away and gives you a ton of room to pull the belt on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ingolstadta4 View Post
    tensioner probably isnt completly loose. Ive had my wrench handle catching on a bracket or something and been pissed off wrestling the belt till i take a closer look, reposition the wrench and tada pops right on!
    Funny, exact same thing happened to me a couple weeks ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjuice602 View Post
    Hi everyone i would love ANY tips on geting this s**t on it just wont go one i have the tensioner pulled as far as it can go but no luck!! Any tips would help. Seems like audi made extra hard to slip this belt back on. And i checked the diagram over and over so i know its on correct!
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    You need to "pin" the tensioner back to hold it in the released position.

    A small pin or drill bit works....

    Depending on the year, Audi made 2 different serpentine belts for the B6 A4 1.8t...and one is shorter and tighter...

    Above all have overwhelming patience and take your time! ;o)


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    I need to replace my accessory belt tensioner. Is it possible to do this without removing the front bumper?? I looked and it appears I might be able to remove the 3 bolts from the top. Really don't want to remove the bumper because it is a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikTip View Post
    ner

    You need to "pin" the tensioner back to hold it in the released position.

    A small pin or drill bit works....

    Depending on the year, Audi made 2 different serpentine belts for the B6 A4 1.8t...and one is shorter and tighter...

    Above all have overwhelming patience and take your time! ;o)

    so i cant just hold it with the wrench? i have to put a pin in it? sorry again im just having the hardest time in the world!

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    I didn't put a pin in it at all, I just held the wrench as far open as the tensioner would go and then slipped the belt on. You should have a little bit of slack. A pin would certainly help so that you can use two hands to feed the belt, but it probably isn't 100% necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evo_ski View Post
    I didn't put a pin in it at all, I just held the wrench as far open as the tensioner would go and then slipped the belt on. You should have a little bit of slack. A pin would certainly help so that you can use two hands to feed the belt, but it probably isn't 100% necessary.
    yea i already broke a tensioner trying to pull it back, got a new one and its still the same, it just wont go on theres maybe 1/4 of an inch left so it goes on

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjuice602 View Post
    yea i already broke a tensioner trying to pull it back, got a new one and its still the same, it just wont go on theres maybe 1/4 of an inch left so it goes on
    these guys are saying correctly.

    you should pull it back to where you can feel the 'spring' in it run out of 'spring'. then like 1/2/inch further. theres a ton of room to slip it on while holding th wrench.

    and yes you can do the belt without pulling the front end. but im sure its a chocolate-dipped bitch. with your nuts on top.
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    instead of a pin you can have someone hold the wrench holding the tensioner back for you while you line it up, thats what i did atleast
    100x easier than tried to do it with only two hands

    Quote Originally Posted by waldo1324 View Post
    and yes you can do the belt without pulling the front end. but im sure its a chocolate-dipped bitch. with your nuts on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waldo1324 View Post
    these guys are saying correctly.

    you should pull it back to where you can feel the 'spring' in it run out of 'spring'. then like 1/2/inch further. theres a ton of room to slip it on while holding th wrench.

    and yes you can do the belt without pulling the front end. but im sure its a chocolate-dipped bitch. with your nuts on top.
    what do you mean "then 1/2 further" you mean its suppose to go counter clockwise 1/2 further after the spring runs out? im just so frustrated, i checked the belt again and everything is in position??!?!?!?!?! :(

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    You spin your wrench clockwise when looking at the motor, the tensioner pushes the belt the other way, so by spinning it clockwise you can fit the new belt in.

    I know it happens in a flash of a 1/4 second, but watch when he puts the tensioner on and watch how the bottom roller wheel moves to the left the belt slides in and the the tensioner once released slides back to the right to create tension again. You should look at the 2:40 mark for the start of the serp belt process.


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    I've done it twice on my car and given its not a cake job but its not really that hard. I used one hand with my 17 mm wrench on the tensioner to pull it out of the way and another for installing the belt. You should have plenty of room to remove or put a new one on and there is no need to pull the front bumper off and take all that shit out of the way. I installed two alternators in my car and i changed the belt when i did it. The first time i did it...it took me about a half hour to get the belt routed correctly but the tensioner was pretty simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evo_ski View Post
    You spin your wrench clockwise when looking at the motor, the tensioner pushes the belt the other way, so by spinning it clockwise you can fit the new belt in.

    I know it happens in a flash of a 1/4 second, but watch when he puts the tensioner on and watch how the bottom roller wheel moves to the left the belt slides in and the the tensioner once released slides back to the right to create tension again. You should look at the 2:40 mark for the start of the serp belt process.

    WOW THATS FAST he made it look to easy, it looks exactly like what i am doing but coming up short on it

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    are you sure you have the correct size belt?

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    Happens to all of us. First belt I changed was a little too loose, eventually wore out (got it at the auto parts store, clerk swore it was the right one). After ordering the right one from europaparts, it was really tight, couldn't get it on. Just like you said, almost barely there.
    Here's what I did;
    -get an old wire hanger and bend it in half
    -line up the belt around all the other pulleys
    -get a hold of the belt by the alternator near the top
    -crank the wrench to loosen the tensioner
    -pull up on the wire hanger holding the belt and slip it on the alternator pulley
    there you go, done!!
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    I changed mine with 17mm wrench and a small allen wrench to hold the tensioner back, no bumper removal, raised the car a bit just to make sure the belt was over/under the pulleys correctly from underneath...first attempt and went quite smooth, glad I didn't waist $300 at the dealer to do this 15-20 min task.



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