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I just used a jack and a 3/8 rebar and jacked the tensionner from underneath the car. Took 10 minutes to replace the belt.
 

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Just nudged the rebar underneath the tensioner and then just jacked the rebar with a floor jack enough to relieve the tension on the belt.
 

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Got damn that was hard to do. The tool was too long and the firewall got in the way to get the proper leverage so I had to bend the tool and zip tie it to something in the engine bay just so I could put the belt around the last pulley.


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Just changed my serpentine belt yesterday. My magic tools? A 2"x4" and a 1"x4" I had in the garage. The 1x4 fit up under the tensioner. Cut it to length (about 2'). Used the 2x4 to make a lever under the car. I lined it up, my kid pushed down on the lever and voila! Belt tensioner released and pulled the belt off and replaced it in under 5 minutes. Of course I had to take the damn tire off and remove the plastic shield first.

Scrap wood in the garage has infinite usage, I've found. :)
 

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that's close to what I did. I had a piece of scrap wood that was long enough to relieve tension by positioning under the tensioner and let the car down a little.
 
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