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i bought the stupid ass tool from 3sx and broke it, so i"ll either get another one or ghetto-rig something. but the real problem is i have no idea how the hell to use it. i asked one of the dudes at 3sx if it came with instructions and he replied with something along the lines of "its easy once you see it for yourself." i guess im either stupid or tired. ive been checking out the 60k maintenance instructions at team3s website, but i still dont know what im doing. i did a search and read that IPO uses a prybar somehow. wtf? someone please explain what the hell im supposed to do before i blow the car up and kill myself out of frustration. dumb your instructions down as much as possible if need be, im almost completely at a loss here.

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How the heck did you break it?All you doing with it is rotating the pulley against the timing belt. Your only going to be putting a few pounds of pressure on the handle of the 1/4" wrench or breaker bar the tool attaches to.When I did my "91, you start out with the two pins in the tensioner pulley to the left of the locking bolt. Rotate the pulley using the tool until the two pins are on top of the locking bolt. Because they"re offset it causes the pulley to move into the timing belt taking up the slack and applying pressure to the timing belt, the tensioner arm, and the auto tensioner pin. Once the correct pressure is applied, the retaining pin in the autotensioner pin will become loose. That"s when you tighten down the tensioner pulley lock bolt.Before you pull the retaining pin, you turn the engine over by hand, checking the timing marks to make sure you got them right and to make sure that the tension is correct. The retaining pin should remain loose in the autotensioner for at least 15 mins.If it doesn"t you get to readjust the pulley and try again.Once you can turn the engine over a few time and the pins stays loose you can pull it out and finish up the job.Steve