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12-06-2013, 02:16 PM #1
Is there a special tool to release the tension on the serpatine belt system to change the belt. This is for a '99 Suburban 5.7 with a/c and p/s"American by birth, Southern by the grace of GOD"
12-06-2013, 02:29 PM #2
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Nope you just need a 3/8" ratchet or breaker bar and just put it in to the square spot on the tensionor.
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reggiecab2000 liked this post12-06-2013, 04:28 PM #3
Like Conlan said just a ratchet works fine. There actually is a special tool that makes it a little easier. It is a long skinny bar that you can put different adapters in, (1/2", 3/8", and some different sized sockets come with it) They are around $15 at harbor freight. I have one, but only use it when working on certain cars were there is no room between the fender wall and the tensioner to get a ratchet in there. This is the cheap one I have
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12-07-2013, 10:54 PM #4
Agree with the previous posts. All you need is the 3/8" ratchet/bar. I actually just changed my tensioner a few weeks ago so I had to remove the belt. The whole job took all of 15 minutes. The belt on this 5.7 is probably one of the easier ones I've ever removed...
12-08-2013, 02:25 AM #5
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If your working on a fwd vehicle pikeys serpentine tool is awesome, that's the only thing that would work on my Hhr. Otherwise 3/8" ratchet works great, wear gloves just in case it slips and you cut your knuckles up on the inner fender not that I would know lol!2004 Chevy Colorado
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