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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    quick question on the serp belt tensioner

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    When I take the serp. belt off, do I have to keep the tensioner compressed by putting a pin in or something, or is it ok if I just gently release it? If i need a pin, where does it go? Thanks.

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    nope.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings SeanF's Avatar
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    im not going from experience, but i would think youd be ok releasing it, as long as the belt is tight when you put it on, your ok right? the tensioner doesnt function in any way other than keeping the belt tight, it doesnt matter what position the tensioner is in...

    like i said, just reasonable thinking, not experience speaking..
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    What motor? The 1.8t motor doesn't have a spring loaded serp. belt tensioner.

    If you are talking timing belt tensioner, you will need to hold it back with a pin, otherwise you will never get it compressed back to where you can put the new belt on.

    Does it look like this:
    1998 A41.8tqms

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    Forum Moderator Four Rings Daft's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Wholsea
    What motor? The 1.8t motor doesn't have a spring loaded serp. belt tensioner.
    Actually, it does have a spring loaded serpentine belt tensioner.




    You rotate it clockwise to remove the tension. Once the belt is off, you can relase it until you have to put the belt back on.
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    Originally posted by Daft
    [B]Actually, it does have a spring loaded serpentine belt tensioner.
    Hmmm, its been a while since I've done a timing belt, I guess it does, though I don't remember it.

    The only tensioner I remember was the manual one where you push the pulley down and tighten the bolt, and the pinch tensioner on the lower right...
    1998 A41.8tqms

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    thanks for the replies. i just did it. 2.8, and no it doesnt need to be pinned .



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