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95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
09-12-2014, 08:49 PM
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95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
Hi, can someone please give me detailed instructions for removing/replacing the belt tensioner assembly on a 95 lesabre(3800)? Photos and/or diagrams would be a BIG plus too! Shy

Thanks in advance!
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09-12-2014, 09:14 PM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
I can't explain it any better than this. Please let us know how you make out.

Belt Tensioner Video

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09-12-2014, 09:44 PM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
(09-12-2014 09:14 PM)Garner Wrote:  I can't explain it any better than this. Please let us know how you make out.

Belt Tensioner Video

Thanks Garner but in 96, they changed designs. My 95 is totally differant.

Do you have any data for the 95 lesabre?
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09-13-2014, 01:28 AM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
Try this video from a 95 Bonneville with a 3.8 engine.

They have a close up shot of the part in the begining so you can see what you are working with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHpRUjTJRAc
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09-13-2014, 07:39 AM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
(09-13-2014 01:28 AM)Rupe Wrote:  Try this video from a 95 Bonneville with a 3.8 engine.

They have a close up shot of the part in the begining so you can see what you are working with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHpRUjTJRAc

Not sure if they got the year wrong with the Bonneville or maybe it's a late model, but mine does not have the coolant circulating through the assembly.

Completely differant part.
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09-13-2014, 09:57 AM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
Might be easier to get the new part in hand then study the situation. The actual part change is not going to be all that different because most all of those tensioner assemblies are similar enough. Some are only held in with a single bolt and others have two or three.

Be sure to check the other pullies for noise while the belt is off.

BTW, if it's really down low it may be easier to remove the tire and work from below with the plastic fender skirt removed as well.
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09-13-2014, 02:07 PM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
(09-13-2014 09:57 AM)Rupe Wrote:  Might be easier to get the new part in hand then study the situation. The actual part change is not going to be all that different because most all of those tensioner assemblies are similar enough. Some are only held in with a single bolt and others have two or three.

Be sure to check the other pullies for noise while the belt is off.

BTW, if it's really down low it may be easier to remove the tire and work from below with the plastic fender skirt removed as well.

Thanks Rupe, I'll let you know how it goes. Would be nice to have a diagram though, if you happen to stumble across one. Cool
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09-13-2014, 11:23 PM
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My best guess is you fear the unknown, just as many people would.... and in the case of a transverse engine you can't see clearly down there so in your mind it's a crap shoot. I also feel that if you have fortitude and nimble fingers you will do fine once you get started. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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09-14-2014, 07:09 AM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
(09-13-2014 11:23 PM)Rupe Wrote:  My best guess is you fear the unknown, just as many people would.... and in the case of a transverse engine you can't see clearly down there so in your mind it's a crap shoot. I also feel that if you have fortitude and nimble fingers you will do fine once you get started. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

Well, you're right but, I tore into it once already, and ended up putting it back together, because I could not really understand what all went where.

I had the power steering pump and alternator laying aside and all the bolts out of the assembly, but couldn't move it by hand and wasn't sure if there was a bolt still in it, or what. Things just didn't "look right" and I was afraid to get out the pry bar and hammer, without doing some research.
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09-14-2014, 10:42 AM
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RE: 95 Lesabre~belt tensioner
If you have the new part in hand and possibly an inspection mirror to look around corners then you could be sure of where the bolts are and that all of them are out before resorting to a bit of force.
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