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tension hex is [email protected]#@

im trying to take the tension out for my belts and it looks like the little hex screw thing is stripped..my 3/8 wont fit...any ideas on how to take it off?

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Your solution:

Vise-Grips


And maybe a metal pipe to fit over the end to use as a breaker bar
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What exactly are you talking about...torsion bars? They take a 1/2" and it MUST be a 6 point. A 12 point socket is asking for trouble -- particularly if it's a 13 mm.
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oops !!! my bad i meant tension
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Okay....so your tension hex is stripped? What the heck is that???
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lol i guess its to losen up the belts so i can change the belts
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Ah. Okay, well on my truck the tensioner is a 15mm bolt -- the same one that's in the middle of the pulley. You use a box end wrench (12 point is okay here) on the bolt head on the center of the pulley, pointing slightly up and towards the driver side fender, then press it down -- that's how it is on the 3.0 anyway and on a 2002. Not sure what's on yours?
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