Oh boy! You might have to use a crow bar or pry bar to move that tensioner, unless you try to use 1/2" breaker bar? Try an internet search with something like "alternative to removing a belt tensioner." Hope this helps!Thanks everyone. I got the Duralast pulley because AutoZone is closer than the dealership. I ran into another problem though, my breaker bar stripped out the tensioner and now I can't get the belt back on. Any ideas on how to disengage the tensioner without using the 3/8" breaker bar hole?
There are a couple horizontal slots in the bracket, so I wonder if a crow bar would work. I plan to replace the tensioner assembly, but my car is currently broken down in my employer's parking lot, and I'd like to get it out of there before I swap the part. Unfortunately I'd don't have roadside assistance on my insurance and I'd like to avoid paying a $75 towing charge if I can.