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Hello again, just one more-hopefully- question. This time regarding the 2.2L timing belt's tension. Reading through the Chiltons they mention using a Chrysler service tool #C-$$$$ or something to achieve correct tension. I dealt with this same problem on my last car, an 87 Chevette. All experts pro told me to just make sure it's taut and that a service tool wouldn't be needed. Does this hold true here? I always thought that's what the tensioner is for anyway. Thanks again, as always you have been an immeasurable help. I may have time Sunday to pull the alternator off then maybe Mon at least get the new belt on and Tues wrap it up.

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Hi Wolfgang,
That service tool is simply a thin box-end wrench which fits on the tensioner's larger bolt. The adjustment is supposed to be to put about a 15 degree rotation of the wrench between no tension position and correct tension position. The Haynes manual suggests that as an alternative adjustment that a correct tension on the belt is when it measures via deflection of it mid-way between the tensioner and the cam sprocket. That spec is that the deflection, when pushing forward toward the front of the vehicle, should be about 5/16 of an inch. Adjust to achieve that deflection.
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