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Hey guys, a couple nights ago I was replacing the serpentine belt on my '92 GMC(3/4 ton, 350, 4x4) and I had my little cousin with me who is interested in becoming a mechanic, so I told him to loosen the tensioner and pull the old belt off while I went to get us something to drink, anyways when I came back out he had loosened up the actual tensioner itself, I mean I guess that's what you call it, it is above the "normal tensioner" that you pull on to release and install a belt it has a shiny silver finish to it and says "load" with two arrows. He had loosened that bolt up quite a bit, now I don't really know what that thing does, and I have never messed with one before, so I just tightened it back down to where it was a little tighter then snug, and then proceded to replace the belt as usual, is that going to be a problem? Like I said, I just tightened it back down, will it be okay? I also noticed after the belt was replaced, a little rattle, not sure if it was there before I replaced the belt or not, but just am courious, is that tensioner going to be okay, and any ideas on that rattle that could be related to replacing a belt? Thank you guys very much as always for your help!
Jim
'68 Chevelle - NHRA Sportsman
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No harm, no foul. I've got the same engine in my Olds, and have replaced the belt a few times. I wouldn't worry about it at all as long as you're sure it's tight.

Can't tell you what the "rattle" is from, but water pumps sound like some ball bearings are loose when start going bad...
 
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