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2005 S40 T5, the alternator tensioner has to be changed,

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2005 S40 T5, the alternator tensioner has to be changed, stripped hex hole. Is this a DIY job?
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with Volvo. The Volvo Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: The belts needed changing. I routed the inner belt wrong while applying too much force on the tensioner. Tool slipped, hex hole stripped. Have new part, but hesitant to proceed.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes, if it is not too complicated as the volvo has a turbo. I have done work on this car before.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Removed the center bolt and pried on the visible pulley with a crow bar. Some movement, but i am hesitant.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Volvo Mechanic should know about your Volvo?
Customer: Not that i can think of. It looks straight forward, pull out the old , in with the new. But the original seems stuck .
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Hi. This is a pretty decent sized job. The engine does have to be lifted a bit and supported. You have to take off the outer tensioner before removing the inner tensioner. That could be the problem you are having.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

I know you do have to take the insulator off, the engine mount, and move the power steering line as well.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I responded earlier. The part has been changed.