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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Unable to remove belt tensioner

I cant get my tensioner to budge. I've twisted two t47 bits. I dont know what to do without removing the ps pump assembly
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I use the Torx that are made of a socket and a hardened bit not the one piece kind. Also make sure it is a 47 and not a 50. I can't remember if that is the bolt that a smaller bit fits but a larger one fits better. Can't see how taking the PS bracket off will help.
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I use the Torx that are made of a socket and a hardened bit not the one piece kind. Also make sure it is a 47 and not a 50. I can't remember if that is the bolt that a smaller bit fits but a larger one fits better. Can't see how taking the PS bracket off will help.
The size progression of Torx makes no logic. Some close together, then a gap. And then there is GM47 which GM sells to services for a huge price. It the same dimensions as T45. Torx is made for the convenience of production lines where they want the screw to stick to the driver and be put in by torque control tools. My best take is to go up the sizes to the one that will not go in, then back down one number.


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That is true, I dont think that will help. I e gone thru 2 socket type t47. It will not budge. I need to get access to the timing cover and that is the only thing in my way to get to ever bolt with ease.
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T50 is too big. And a t47 seems to loose. Idk but its proving to be difficult
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I have taken everything else off besides the cover/wp assembly.
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Should I try heating it up. I mean I've sprayed it with penetrate over 48 hrs ago and nothing.
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I HATE torx bolts! May be advantageous on the production line, but a p.i.t.a. to remove 15-20+ yrs down the road when they are rusty. Wish you luck. Hopefully, you haven't partially stripped out the insides if you've already "twisted" two T47's.
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I HATE torx bolts! May be advantageous on the production line, but a p.i.t.a. to remove 15-20+ yrs down the road when they are rusty. Wish you luck. Hopefully, you haven't partially stripped out the insides if you've already "twisted" two T47's.
Sometimes you need a good tool. There are 6 in the ABS module, two from the top, 2 from the bottom, and two you cannot see from anywhere. Just feel around. Special screws, so never drop one. Rust over the head so hard to get a bit in. Plenty tight at first then too loose for the ratchet to work.


And do that in a JY. Give me a Hex anytime.


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Wack the bolt head with a hammer to help loosen the threads.
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