I need to replace my alternator, but how do I get the belt off
Rotate the Belt tensioner using a wrench to remove the belt first, then you can remove the alternator.
If you don't know, the tensioner puts strain (tension) on the belt and is easily moved to loosen the belt. Look for a small (about 3-4" dia) roller in the belt path with a square key hole in the middle. Use a ratchet head of the same drive size as the hole (probably 1/2") and rotate the tensioner away from the belt. Pull the belt loose and allow the tensioner to relax. Now remove and re-install your alternator. To re-install the belt, reverse this process to get the belt back over the tensioner as the last pulley in the belt route. Remember to have a sketch of the original belt routing or make sure the decal under the hood shows the correct routing before removing the old belt.
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