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I have failed to remove the belt tensioner

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by ljburns, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Jan 13, 2021 at 10:05 AM
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    ljburns

    ljburns [OP] New Member

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    I have a new Gates belt tensioner so I can replace the original. I replaced the idle pulley with no issue. New belt on. But I can't remove the original tensioner. I can't get that damn bolt out that has the allen head. I don't think I can even get the 6mm socket in there deep enough to even attempt to remove it.

    So...I have a new belt and new idle pulley installed. I have a new belt tensioner on the work bench. So disappointed in myself. Anyone have any recommendations besides have the dealer do it?
     
  2. Jan 13, 2021 at 10:08 AM
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    Pretty sure the bolt that runs through the center of the tensioner pulley is Left handed
     
  6. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:05 AM
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    PurpleTech

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    The allen bolt that holds the belt tensioner is not left hand thread. Both the 12mm and 6mm allen head are normal lefty loosy threads. The 14mm for the belt tensioner bearing is left hand thread but not necessary to remove.
     
  7. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:08 AM
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    ljburns

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    I got it. It is now replaced. What a pain. The part that helped from the link was the "hammer" in the 6mm allen socket. LOL. Not a fan of that, but it worked. Thanks for all the help everyone. So thankful for the Forum.
     

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