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Im trying to replace the steering pump on my 1997 2.5tdi ACV Multivan but cant figure out how to get the belt off. This guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In6C08Us92o just pulls the belt down and the tensioner gives enough to slip it of the power steering pulley but when I try it doesn't give at all.

Am I missing something or is the tensioner just stuck?

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Sounds like it might be a bit stuck, note also that the bar he is using has two lugs that can be engaged with the tensioner pulley to pre-tension it for re-fitting. might also help un-stick it if that's the problem
 

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Any advice on how I might refit the belt without this special tool? I'm not finding much info online about refitting the belt and the access is so bad to the tensioner that I dont really know what I'm dealing with.

Any advice greatly appreciated on this one, the steering is a bit too heavy without the pump, certainly around cornwall.
 

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Hi can anyone do me a diagram of how to fit the new belt. I'm working on a van that had its one snap before i got it and it's difficult finding info on how and where the belt goes round.
Thanks in advance!!
 

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I managed to get the belt off in the end even with a knackered tensioner. I just pinged the steering pulley off the shaft and pulled it back on when I was done. Not even that hard in the end.

MeribelT4: The routing on the ACV is as drawn here:

 

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Hey,
Any tips on moving the tension pulley. I've got the belt routed (mines got an extra wheel for the AC) but its just too tight to get it on properly. I dont know which way, or how to move the tensioner! I understand it can be done with a spanner or a screwdriver but which way am i tugging it?!
Thanks in advance guys!
 

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I dont know these engines that well but I'd guess that your tensioner is knackered. Not sure I can offer any more advice other than whats been mentioned above but maybe someone else can?
 

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the tensioner can be pretty difficult to move and needs a sizeable screwdriver even when it's not stuck, you have to give it some and i found it easier, although a bit dangerous resting the blade on the bottom of the belt/tensioner and levering against that.
The tensioner goes forwards as per the red arrow, the blue lines are where you will need to put your weapon of choice.

 
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