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Old 09-06-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default 2008 Saturn Vue XE 2.4L Serpentine belt replacement

Hi all,

Serpentine belt making a flapping noise because half of the belt was peeled off. Figured it needed replacing.

Looked at the tensioner, and saw the 1/2" square hole, and thought "no problem" I can just put a socket or breaker bar in there and move the tensioner out of the way. However, there is not enough room between the tensioner and the sidewall to get a wrench in there. Sidewall is steel, not plastic and is spot welded around. There is a hole in the wheel well, but it doesn't line up with anything. It's close to the nut on the tensioner, but would require a wobble and quite a bit of maneuvering.

I thought about grinding down my favorite breaker bar.

Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Bill

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Old 09-06-2017, 06:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue XE 2.4L Serpentine belt replacement

Knowing clearance needed to fit a tool, tried Autozone or Advance Auto for loaner tools? They may have a special extended square drive that's slim enough for the job. They have a good assortment of loaner tools.

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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue XE 2.4L Serpentine belt replacement

Trying the Serpentine tool now that I got from Oreilly. The 1/2" tool is too big for the hole, and the 3/8" is too long to get any purchase. I'm going to cut down the length and see how it goes.

Can't tell if I should be going CCW or CW. (?)

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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue XE 2.4L Serpentine belt replacement

Finally got it changed after chopping the tool down. TH
hanks Y'all for your help.

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Old 10-02-2017, 12:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue XE 2.4L Serpentine belt replacement

BNelsonAZ11,
I'm trying to replace an alternator on a friend 08 VUE XE 3.5L. Just curious if you were able to relieve the tension CW or CCW? It appears it should be CW but I got the tool from auto zone and going CW but unlike other tensioners I've worked w/, its not moving & relieving the tension. I don't want to snap the bolt either. I've never worked on a Saturn so I want to make sure the bolt doesn't need to loosened by wrenching CCW in order for the tensioner to move.
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