View Full Version : How do you change drive belt tensioner

09-15-2009, 10:19 PM
Hi, I replaced my engine (2000 Celica) the other day and then the drive belt tensioner went bad. I tried to pull the tensioner bolt out after I unscrewed it but it hits on the inner fender/frame. How do you get the bolt out beyond this point. I also was wondering the best way to add transmission fluid to my standard tranny.

09-15-2009, 10:20 PM
take out the passenger motor mount, jack engine up, pull out bolt

09-15-2009, 10:22 PM
Thanks, I will give it a try

09-16-2009, 12:06 AM
Grot is right with the motor mount/jack strategy. For the tranny fluid, I use the "modified beer bong" approach.

09-18-2009, 06:26 AM
You will need to do the lower front one as well or it wont clear.

09-18-2009, 11:38 AM
and you will have a pita getting it out still, its a tight fit while its in the car. it can be done though with a lot of prying and cussing and maybe a bfh

09-22-2009, 03:16 PM
yes remove the passenger mount and just unbolt the front mount, that should give you enough clearance to get that long bolt out. as for filling the tranny, there is a M10 fill plug that you remove. add fluid untill it starts to pour out. make sure the car is level when you do it.

09-23-2009, 09:31 AM
Got the oil done but took it to the dealer for the tensioner....$80