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Old 09-16-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Replacing the accessory belt tensioner

I have a 2003 L200 2.2 and need to replace the accessory belt tensioner. I have read several posts in different forums and it seems like I can remove the tensioner from the top by removing the air cleaner box. This will give me access to the tensioner. I had the belt replaced a few months ago and since then it sounds like the tensioner has become noisy. I have read on different forums about noisy tensioners caused by a belt being too long. How can I check for that? If in fact I do need to replace the tensioner what is the torque spec for the mounting bolt? Is 22 ft lbs correct? I purchased a Gates tensioner #38177. Any comment on whether that is a good tensioner to use? Thanks for any help!

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Old 09-16-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Never changed one .... well never changed one on the 15 Saturns I've owned. If you bought an aftermarket belt it is more than likely to long. After all these years with Saturn over and over I have read belts like ETCS must come from Saturn ie GM to be correct. I've heard the same is true for the tensioner.

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