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Buickman
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Sep 12, 2014, 6:25 PM

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 Hi, can someone give me detailed instructions for removing the belt tensioner on a 95 Buick Lesabre (3800)?


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Sep 12, 2014, 7:06 PM

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Re: Belt tensioner 95 Lesabre Sign In

What is the 8th digit in the VIN?





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Buickman
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Sep 12, 2014, 7:23 PM

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Re: Belt tensioner 95 Lesabre Sign In

Eighth digit is L.


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Sep 12, 2014, 7:27 PM

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REMOVE OR DISCONNECT
  1. Serpentine belt.
  2. Tensioner pulley bolt and pulley.
  3. Inner fender electrical cover-right side.
  4. Power steering pump from mounting bracket and lay aside.
  5. Loosen alternator bolts. Remove bolt holding alternator to tensioner assembly.
  6. Tensioner bolt and studs.
  7. Tensioner.

INSTALL OR CONNECT
  1. Tensioner.
  2. Tensioner bolt and studs. Tighten bolt to45 N.m (33 ft lbs) and studs to 52 N.m (38 ft lbs) .
  3. Alternator bolts and tighten to 50 N.m (37 ft lbs) .
  4. Power steering pump to mounting bracket.
  5. Tensioner pulley bolt and pulley. Tighten bolt to45 N.m (33 ft lbs) .
  6. Inner fender electrical cover.
  7. Serpentine belt.




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Buickman
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Sep 12, 2014, 7:56 PM

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Re: Belt tensioner 95 Lesabre Sign In

 Thanks for the speedy response Hammer Time. I tore into this project yesterday, by removing the serpentine belt, power steering pump, alternator, and (I think), all the remaining bolts. I saw a couple of pipes, of around an inch of diameter, that looked to be in the way and something else that I didn't really understand so, I put everything back together and decided to get some help from someone. Your instructions don't mention these pipes and I don't see them in your partial diagram.

Am I missing something here, or will it appear differant to me, once I remove the idler pulley and the Inner fender electrical cover, which I did not do the last time? I'm just trying to cover all the bases, before I tear it apart again tomorrow.

Thanks for all the input!


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Sep 13, 2014, 6:38 AM

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That's the reason you were asked for the engine code in the VIN#. There are 2 different engine styles. The VIN K version has coolant going through it and the VIN L version does not.
The coolant version has 2 heater hoses that have to be removed and there are 2 points where the tensioner has coolant ports into the block, one of them is a plastic elbow and the other is part of the tensioner itself inserted into the block.





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Buickman
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Sep 17, 2014, 5:42 PM

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  Thanks for the help, I got the tensioner tore off and replaced today finally.


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Sep 17, 2014, 6:08 PM

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No leaks?



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Buickman
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Sep 18, 2014, 4:14 AM

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Re: Belt tensioner 95 Lesabre Sign In

 Nope, no leaks Wink






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