Whilst replacing my drive-belt on a renault sandero 1.6 8v, I have tried to turn two of the pulleys/wheels to see if they will allow slack for replacing my drive-belt(using a hand-spanner) but neither of the 2 most likely candidates is budging.

Is there simple a way to find the tensioner? Should I just apply more force in case the tensioner is one of these and is a bit stuck?

  • Which drive configuration does your engine have? Does it have power steering and/or air condition? From what I'm reading, it could have AC and PS, just PS, or just AC, so three different configurations. Each one has a different tensioner setup. aubito.ru/en/renault-sandero/… Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 18:06
  • It has both AC and PS, @Paulster2.
    – Jim
    Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 18:15
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    If this image looks like your configuration, your tensioner should be #2. You'd turn it clockwise using the bolt head to turn it. Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 20:38
  • Hmmm.... that is the same as my drawing. But #2 is not budging... let me have one more go.
    – Jim
    Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 20:46
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    It shouldn't. The engine still runs in the same direction. They aren't going to completely redesign everything on the engine because it's right hand drive. Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 10:46

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In this image, the belt tensioner is located at #14. You should put a wench (spanner) on the center bolt and turn it clockwise:

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