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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 02-03-2006, 08:21 AM
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Question A/C Belt installing...

Is there easy way to install A/C belt? I tried several times, but unsuccessfully. I can not slide the belt onto the tensioner.
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Old 02-03-2006, 07:35 PM
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Not to insult you but you do have the tensioner compressed all the way right? Using either an allen wrench or torx wrench as there are both types out there. Once compressed and yes it does take a lot of force to do that, then slip the belt over and release the tensioner.
Hope that helps. If you have the tensioner compressed and still can't get it on then I would check to be sure it is the right belt length....
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Old 02-04-2006, 03:38 AM
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^^^I can almost see the next question coming, so I'll elaborate . . the tensioner has a plastic cap over it which hides the socket where the allen/torx wrench goes. Just pry it off with a screwdriver
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