You will need to drain and remove the radiator. If its an auto,remember there are transmission cooler lines to the radiator as well as coolant lines. You have to take all the belts off,then take the crank pulley off. Ive gotten them lose by jamming a screwdriver in the gear on the flex plate and using a breaker bar and Ive also done it by using a breaker bar on the crank bolt and jamming the breaker bar in the frame ,disconnecting the coil packs and cranking the engine. I then used a gear puller to pull the pulley off.jute2003 said:I already had planned on doing the water pump, and tensioner, and belt if thats the problem. I was just curious how to get at the actuator so I could see how easily it compresses. Like I said.....not to savvy with engines and whatnot. At least not very experienced. I'll try taking the coil pack off tonight though and see what happens.
Once you have that off you can remove the timing covers and get to the tensioner. Its more work than one would like,but not as much as some jobs.