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Old 10-01-2008, 02:47 AM   #1
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Unhappy tension pulley replace

as i pulled off the highway earlier today my steering seemed to loose power, after looking under the hood i noticed the belt had come off and the tension pulley was warped. i barely made it to the closest napa and spent just over $100 for a breaker bar, wrench, socket, and a tension pulley.

i called the pontiac dealer and talked to a service guy to see if the pulley bolt is reverse thread, he said no. it turned out it was, after i thought i budged the bolt, i actually tore through the threads, good news is it did not break, just strip the threads a little.

my problem is i cannot get the tension down to get the belt back on. i have never had to put the belt back on before, i got it to move when i was going at the bolt but now i can't get down enough. is there some magic button that lets this down to get the belt back on?

being that i live downtown, there is no where to park during the daytime so i called the junkyard, they will give me $100 to pick up the car and scrap or recycle. i thought i would ask here as a last resort.

PLEASE HELP
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All you do is put a socket on the bolt and push it counterclockwise and the pulley will move back. If you can't move it far enough, then you have something wrong. Check the routing.
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Hey keep in mind the motor is worth $1800 at a junk yard. Your $100 is a real deal for any one.
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