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post #2 of Old 04-04-2009
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Originally Posted by jason3317 View Post
I need some advice. I do much of my own maintenance; one thing that I can't seem to accomplish is getting enough tension on the alternator v-belt. Last year, I got a dockmate to help me create enough tension while I tightened the bolt....but this is not convenient all the time. Consequently, I think I am running my belt consistently under-tensioned.

JC Whitney used to have tool for belt tensioning - it's been discontinued. Other online searches to find this tool (new or used) have produced no results.

Does anyone have this tool that they could send me pictures of (so I can try to build my own)?

Or, maybe it's possible I am not using the proper technique? Any other suggestions to help me achieve the proper tension? I was considering a pry bar....but I bet that is a no-no.


I have used a pry bar or a large screwdriver. I don't see a problem as long as you are careful not to scratch or mar the paint.
I think that there are tools that work like a turnbuckle in reverse that may be designed for such a purpose also. I don't know what they are called though. Sorry.
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