'98 V70 Serpentine Belt Tensioner Rattle

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Re: '98 V70 Serpentine Belt Tensioner Rattle

Post by erikv11 »

lol to this thread degenerating into the endless rehash of serp tensioner tools
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Post by abscate »

The pictures help me because they stay in memory. The next time I’m facing a -1998 SERP belt I will remember that neat adapter trick, whereas the text will be forgotten.
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Post by Cookeh »

If you have a spare wheel nut and a rotary tool then you can make a free tensioner adaptor in 5 mins. Lop the threads off and grind two opposing corners off. Use a long 19mm spanner for leverage. Job jobbed.

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Post by bmdubya1198 »

abscate wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:23 pm
bmdubya1198 wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:43 am What I always do to release -'98 tensioners is use my 1/2" to 3/4" adapter with a 19mm wrench on the 3/4" portion. The key is to only seat it far enough into the tensioner to engage it, and leave space to grab onto it with the wrench.
A 19mm crowfoot could do the job of checking torque if clearance allows.

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