timing belt won't go over tensioner

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I'm doing a timing belt and water pump replacement on 2006 liberty 2.8l, everything was going fine until I tried to get the timing belt over the tensioner it will not go! Has anyone else had this issue and if so how did you get the timing belt over the tensioner? Been at it for most of the day and NOTHING the belt won't go over the tensioner! Suggestions PLEASE!!!!!
 

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Have you slacked off the Tensioner?
I believe the Tensioner has a Left-Hand Thread bolt keeping it in place.

If you do not have it already, download the 2006 Jeep KJ Service Manual here: www.colorado4wheel.com/manuals/Jeep/KJ/
Timing belt tensioner is right-hand thread on the 2.8. Just checked mine with a wrench. Idler pulleys are left-handed.
 

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I had to remove the tensioner, slip the belt on, and then use the tensioner bolt to pull it back together. Be careful the spring lines up or you can break the indicator. Ask me how I know.
 

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Yes... using your head.
Should be able to get some wiggle room, by removing idler.pulleys.
 

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so did you compare the size of the new tensioner with the old one? I suspect the pulley is not the same size and the new one is larger.
i vaguely remember a mixed bag of sizes for the tensioner pulley. since this is in the CRD section, i do not know if this applies to you.
 
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