Power Steering Pump Tensioner Alignment Testing
Tools you will need:
13mm Wrenches X2
1. Remove your current tensioner from the car. Loosen the 2 bolts that hold the tensioner on to the car, but don’t remove them. Then loosen the jam nuts on the tensioner rod. Then adjust the tensioner loose, so there is no tension anymore, so the belt is loose. Then you can remove the bolts holding the tensioner onto the car.
2. Install our tensioner onto the engine side first. Just slide in right on (no washer first). Then a washer and a nut. Tighten this nut snug, until there is no play in the tensioner, but it can still rotate with some force. When you are done it should look like the pictures below.
Note that there is NO washer behind the tensioner where the green arrow is. The tensioner goes on the bolt first.
The red arrow shows where it’s hitting the bracket. It doesn’t easily slide by the bracket but hits it.
This shows how far mine is misaligned.
3. To fix this problem, remove the tensioner, and install one of the washer on the bolt first, then install the tensioner, and another washer and nut. This will space the tensioner out and it should fit much better. Mine was not perfect with one washer behind the tensioner, but very close.
3. Here is what it’s like fully installed, with a washer on the engine side bolt.