Saturn Vue 3.5L 6cyl Automatic Belt Tensioner 534056110

Removal and Installation of Tensioner



Always install tensioner per vehicle manufacturer’s guidlines.

Remove the plastic engine splash shield from right side wheel well.

Locate and take note of the under hood belt routing diagram.

To remove the serpentine belt, use a 14mm box end wrench to rotate the tensioner arm in the counterclockwise (upward) direction. Remove serpentine belt.

Note: Be careful that the 14mm wrench is properly positioned on tensioner pulley bolt to allow clearance when tensioner reaches load (end) stop. Otherwise, your hand may be pinched or the tool may be trapped. Never cut or pry belt off while under tension.

Remove the two tensioner mounting bolts and remove tensioner assembly from engine belt off while under tension.

Time Saving “Tech Tips”


Use of vehicle hoist is strongly recommended. This tensioner should be replaced from the right side wheel well area, from under the vehicle. 

Removal of the right side wheel will give you better access to the tensioner. Always remember when re-installing the wheel, torque wheel nuts to manufacturer’s specs in a criss-cross pattern. 

Caution: If lifting the vehicle, always use approved lifting methods (i.e. vehicle hoist or jack and axle stands).

Do not remove the pulley from the new tensioner as the threads for the pulley bolt are one time use threads and may fail if removed and re-torqued.