power steering belt change on 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Should I remove fan or fan shroud to change the power steering belt on my 2001 G. Vitara XL-7. Is it a 1/4" ratchet I need to use on the tensioner or Allen wrench or what? It's an allen wrench bolt on the bottom of the alternator and is impossible to get to without disconnecting lines etc. It may not even be stock. The tensioner does not seem to accept 1/4" or 3/8" ratchet for adjustment. Haynes manual said its simple but I've changed plenty of belts in my day and have never gone through this much hassle!

by in Mount Carmel, PA on February 14, 2011
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ANSWER by on February 15, 2011
You shouldn't have to remove any significant parts to change a belt. I wouldn't think a 1/4" ratchet would be sufficient to relaease tension on the belt, I think it's more likely that it's an allen key you need. The only way to know what it takes is to have recently done one and remember or get down with a flashlight and mirror and see for yourself. Don't forget it's metric. These cars are compact so it's not easy to get one's hands into it but it's what we mechanics have to deal with.
COMMENT by on February 20, 2011
Thanks for the insight. I can't see an allen key being sufficient enough to adjust belt tension, i'll need a cheater bar for sure. I've never had this trouble with belt changes before. There is zero room. thanks again