Originally Posted by Malicious Kur
so I was loosening the belt tensioner to put new belts in my ride (obviously) and it popped off and wont lock back into its original position, making a simple replacement my own living hell, i was wondering if anyone knew a good method of putting it back and getting the tensioner back on right cuz I dont know how except that that little rod sticking out needs to be moved, but its difficult and ive made no headway.
This is an SSEi, with two belts on it? Which one were you trying to remove? The one that drives the alternator (among other things), or the other one?
If the alternator belt, how were you loosening the tensioner? It requires only a big socket on the head of the bolt in the middle of the pulley, after which you push down _clockwise_ on it (as if you were tightening the bolt) to back off the counterspring and relax the belt so you can slide it off the pulleys. I haven't removed the other belt on my own car but assume that the other tensioner is similar. Bottom line is that you shouldn't need to unscrew anything in the process as far as I know.