I have a 92 Mazda 323 Hatchback which the alternator belt shredded on. It appears that in order to replace the alternator belt I need to first take off the AC belt. Problem is I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get this AC/Oil Pump belt off. According to the .pdf service manual I have the belt deflection adjustment bolt is vertically oriented, but the actual part in my car in no way looks like what is actually on the car (the alternator belt diagram is 100% accurate though). The vertically oriented bolt that is there does not look like to me that it is connected to the tensioning linkage. Above the AC compressor is something that looks like a jacking bolt for adjusting the belt tension, but not matter how much I turn it the belt does not deflect the belt at all, I’ve loosened the pivot bolt, and all the other mounting bolts that I can see and this thing still won’t budge at all. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Here is the diagram in the book, does anyone know how to remove this belt and why the service manual diagram looks different than the actual car?
Here is a picture of what is actually on the car in the area circled on the diagram at the bottom:
(the “jacking screw tensioner” looking bit would normally be where that L bracket is on the right deep down in the engine bay (in the 2nd image), just above the pulley where my flashlight is shining, but I have it removed for now when i was trying to get the thing to budge at all)
This is the same area in the service manual diagram, the belt routing in my car looks most similar to the diagram on the right going around 3 pulleys instead and not 2.
How on earth do I get this belt off?