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Old 09-19-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Belt tensioner

So I need to replace my alternator on a 2002 saab 9-5 aero. Long story short I had the car serviced for a serp belt replacement and the shop broke the belt tensioner, the part where you put the either 3/8 or 1/2 in drive into the square is snapped apart and not able to pry with. How can I go about taking the tensioner off? I've tried prying with channel locks pry bar etc and it won't budge. Short of cutting the belt off or maybe taking the top pulley off to release tension that way? I do not want to have to resort to doing that. Any ideas?
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Old 09-19-2014, 03:49 PM   #2
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Just cutting the belt would work.
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Never tried on the 9-5, but on other cars I've had good luck of just pulling forward on the belt. It will not rotate the engine but will compress the tensioner and then you can slip it off the front ps pulley.

I used to put belts on and off this way on my gm 3.1L motors. Never bothered with the tensioner wrenches.
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