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How in the do u get the tensioner off, Trying to replace the

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How in the hell do u get the tensioner off
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Customer: Trying to replace the belt tensioner can't get it off
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes trying
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Should be the bolt in the center right?
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Customer: Jist need to know how the tensioner comes off and what size the bolt os
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Customer: And whuch way to turn it
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

what tensioner?

and what is the year, engine and model of your dodge

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
O4 ram 1500 4.7
Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

and which tensioner? serp belt or timing chain?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The belt
Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

13 mm headed bolt in the center and the entire assembly will come out, are you in a highly rust prone area?

Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

if you rounded the bolt a 1/2 (which is a hair smaller than 13mm) tapped on with a hammer will USUALLY release the bolt

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I've tried that ot just slips offturn counter clock wise right?
Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

yes lefty loosy, are you using a 3/8 drive 6 POINT the area gets corroded and is very tight.

I use a 3/8 impact gun to loosen the bolt never had an issue, BUT I do have issues if I am using a hand wrench and socket, ESPECIALLY one that is too deep or a 1/2 inch drive one.

you STILL haven't said if your in the rust belt or not,

I live and work in Connecticut we have issues with corrosion

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Live in texas
Expert:  bill replied 9 months ago.

so corrosion shouldn't be an issue but you haven't answered what type of socket 6 or 12 point, 1/2 or 3/8 drive , you may need to use an air tool if you can't break it free