Replacing Serpentine Belt
Hey everyone. Long time lurker here. You guys have helped me countless times over the years, but after searching for a while, I decided I'd go ahead and sign up to ask.
The Car: 1997 GL with Vulcan
The short of it: I'm trying to replace the serpentine belt and the tensioner won't budge. I bought a replacement tensioner (one where the pulley moves, so the belt can be put back on) but the hex bolt on the old one is stuck, and I'm afraid of stripping it and being SOL.
Background: The ball bearings in the idler pulley melted together and the crank ate right through the belt. I buy a new belt. Find out the idler pulley is seized and buy a new one of those. After watching many videos and reading many threads about the tensioner, I'm pretty confident it's just an easy 15mm wrench turned clockwise to loosen tensioner. No biggie.
Except the tensioner arm thingy that's supposed to move so I can slip on the belt won't budge. I ruined a wrench trying to get the tensioner to move. So I go out and rent the serpentine tool from Autozone. And after much prying and such, the 15mm bolt is now stripping. Sick. Love this. So much.
I bought a new belt tension pulley assembly (another $60) and the old one is stuck in there too. I'm afraid of stripping the hex bolt that's holding it on because then I'm really in the drink .
I've been researching this issue for about 2 weeks and just can't get anywhere. I just want the damned belt on so I can drive my own car, but this whole belt tensioner thing is really messing with me.
Thanks for reading, any help is very much appreciated!
edit: I apologize in advance if this thread needs to be moved.