1996 Buick Regal Belt Tensioner Replacement

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Old 09-23-07, 02:55 PM
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1996 Buick Regal Belt Tensioner Replacement

Hello-I need to replace the tensioner on my son's 1996 Buick Regal. I have replaced the tensioner on my 96 Dodge Ram van and it was really very easy-When I took a look at taking off the tensioner on the 96 Buick it looks like you have to pull the alternator to get to the bolt behind the tensioner. Has anyone replaced the tensioner on this particular model and if so do you have to pull the alternator to get to that bolt??
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, and/or recommendations!!!
 
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Old 04-02-08, 06:15 PM
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If the car has a 3800 in it, all you need to do is turn the bolt that goes through the tensioner CLOCKWISE... its a reverse thread... and it should be as easy as that. I'm not sure with the other motors
 
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Old 04-02-08, 06:33 PM
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Remove the drive belt.
Remove the right inner fender electrical cover.
Remove the power steering pump from the mounting bracket. Set the pump aside.
Loosen the generator bolts. Remove the bolt connecting the generator to the tensioner.
Remove the tensioner bolts.
Remove the tensioner.
 
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Old 04-02-08, 06:40 PM
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Remove the drive belt.
Remove the right inner fender electrical cover.
Remove the power steering pump from the mounting bracket. Set the pump aside.
Loosen the generator bolts. Remove the bolt connecting the generator to the tensioner.
Remove the tensioner bolts.
Remove the tensioner.
It may be on later models of the 3800, But I seem to recall somewhat of a stubborn "O-Ring" on a water passage on the tensioner assembly. Gentle finesse is required. Dont force it. The neck is easily broken, and digging it out is not a picnic.
 
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This is for a 1996 Buick Regal 3.8l and you are correct, there is an o-ring.
 
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This is for a 1996 Buick Regal 3.8l and you are correct, there is an o-ring.
Thank you...Im hoping Im not the only one who has broken one of these
 
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Now, if I only knew when the next Power Outage is so I can change my Breaker Box, LOL.

There is always a time and a place when you do need a professional.
 
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There is always a time and a place when you do need a professional.
True, But it is even more embarrassing when I am the proffessional, And broke it anyway
 
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