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Peete Frampton
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Belt replacement 1997 NA e300 Diesel

I recently purchased this car from a friend who owned and maintained it for several years. I wanted an extra kid car and he had a good experience with this car. The other night I was putting air into a tire via a small cig lighter powered compressor when I heard a sound that I can’t quite describe but the car sounded different and was squeaking, I assumed some sort of belt issue. I should mention the alternator and serpentine belt were replaced last fall but the car sat since. It’s a reputable garage but who knows, it’s an old car that wasn’t used daily. I check the belt and see a fair amount of play. Like a complete idiot I “tucked” the belt under a machined piece that comes out of the block right next to the fan pulley. It got rid of the slack I was seeing and the squeak. My son got home today and I could smell the belt. I investigated and realized that’s not where that belt goes. I’m struggling to get tension off the belt now so I can get it released and reevaluate. It appears that maybe a shock that goes by the tension adjustment may be missing. Any advice?
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