Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How to remove the hydronic drive belt tensioner. I'm stuck on the bottom bolt and need to know if it's right hand turn or left

asked by on

Need to know which way bolt on tensioner loosens

A: One good way to figure this out is to look ...

One good way to figure this out is to look at the way the belt rides on the pulley. To release the belt tension, the pulley will have to move away from the belt to give some slack. Use your wrench or socket and turn the hex piece on the tensioner toward the hydraulic actuator putting force on it. As you apply force, your will see the tensoiner start to depress and the tension will be removed from the belt so you can get the belt off. After looking at a picture of the tensioner, it looks like you have to turn the hex piece to the left to remove tension.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When the truck is rolling with clutch in the truck will idle rough and sometimes dies.

This is a common symptom of the idle air control valve failing. This unit monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to entering the motor. When this fails, this will cause a rough idle at low...

Q: Air conditioning is blowing warm air

In most cases an AC system will begin to blow warm air due to low refrigerant but occasionally will be due to a bad compressor or condenser. I would first check the refrigerant pressure to determine if there are any...

Q: Won't start - 1996 Nissan Pathfinder

Yes, a possibility is the timing belt has failed. However, it is also possible (and greatly preferred) that the gear driving the distributor has sheared off. Your engine is "probably" in that class of engines known as "interference engines" which...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...