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Help with tensioner Pulley and Serpentine belt removal

I need to take off (and replace) the serpietine belt in my 96 3.0L. What type of Type/size of Torque bolt is used in the tensioner pulley. I am having trouble getting something to fit it. Any points to illustrated how tos or advice also welcomed. Thx, Jim
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i just used a socket wrench.... autozone has a tool for it if your really haveing trouible...
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Do you remeber the type of Bolt in the center that is used to adjust it though,

The bolt in the center of tensioner pulley that I need to loosen is not a standard hex bolt but some of star shaped torque bolt. Do you happen to remeber the size. BTW thanks again for the help as I got the 4 bolts for the Water pump pulley loosened and should be able to easily take off the fan clustch once I get the belt off. Jim
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hmm mines a hex, and your not actually loosening it... your just "flexing" the bar its attached to becase its on a spring and you need to releave the pressure...
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Once Again Thanks Jeff.

You the man. I was actually looking at the bolt that holds the spring assembly on the tensioner pulley to the motor. From the Haynes manual it is not clear at all the you just push on the bolt in the center of the pulley itself. Just took the belt off. :-)
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im trying to find this out as well so if someone knows what that bolt is that holds the tensioner to the motor that would be great.....
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unless you are replacing the tensioner all you have to do is insert a 3/8 breaker bar
into the square and rotate the arm.. this releases the belt.. to install the new belt
route it around the pullies then have someone move the tensioner arm again...
thats about it.. nothing to unbolt
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well i am putting a new tensioner in, i found out the hard way what size torque bolt is in there from the factory, its a t-50, got the old one off and the new one comes with a hex bolt, well it was to long and it only comes with 3 washers and i didnt manage to find a single washer that would fit anywhere.....awsome, love aftermarket parts that dont work........
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