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re: V8 accessory belt
according to my manuals, the belt is "automatically tensioned" by a
"strong coil spring". the assembly is located directly below the radiator
fan. there's also a shock absorber in the pictures.
i just ordered a new belt and tensioner for my car, btw. came up to
about $100 total. i'm too lazy and inexperienced to put it in myself
so i'll be paying someone to do it...
How is this belt tensioned? I was helping my Dad change this belt last
weekend and we couldn't find any adjustment. We've assumed that it's
tensioned hydraulically, but we aren't sure. We found what appears to
be a damper on the left side of the engine (looking from front).