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You need to jack up the front of the car so you can remove the right side wheel to access the crankshaft pulley.

I was a bit surprised at how little is exposed after removing the protective panel. The only thing accessible is the crankshaft pulley. Everything else is behind the fender!

The tensioner needs to be released and then a hex wrench is used to hold the tensioner compressed.

You need two people to compress the tensioner. One to compress the tensioner and a second to insert the hex key into the hole.
A 1/2" extension and ratchet is enough to do it. You need to move the tensioner towards the front of the car.


Removing the top enging mount is recommended. It's only a couple of bolts and there is no need to worry about the engine moving while doing this job. I did do this project keeping it in place, but next time I would remove the mount!

To remove the belt, you just start sliding it off of the pulleys and pull it out.

You can see the two pulleys from the top of the engine. You need to remove the idler pulley before you can reach the tensioner pulley. The idler pulley is pretty easy to reach with a wrench. The only problem is getting enough room to move it! Once I loosened the bolt, I was able to use my fingers to take it out.




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