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Tips on loosening assessory belt bolt

I wanted to tighten my accessory belt today while replacing my alternator. My ratchet with the socket on would not fit in the space between the fan and the bolt, and my offset wrench would fit (sort of) but it was much too short and kept popping off when I tried to break the bolt loose. I couldn't find a piece of pipe to fit over the end for some leverage. Any tips on this?
 

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I actually followed that thread. I don't have a cheater bar (something I should buy) but since my ratchet wouldn't fit, I don't understand how that it getting in there. There is very little with between the bolt and the fan.
 

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I used to have a 2007 Forester. When I changed the accessory belts, I didn't want to take the radiator/fans out so I got an angle grinder and a flap disc and shaved down a 10 mm socket (or 12 mm socket I forget which it was). And I found some sort of pipe or conduit or something to put over the handle of the 1/4" drive ratchet.

Shaving the socket was no problem because I have a few sets and have duplicates of some, plus if I wanted I could always go out and buy a replacement socket and that would be less trouble than taking the radiator/fan/whatever out.
 

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Yes, my socket is too deep. I guess I'll just see if I can find a cheap longer 12mm at home depot to be used just for this.
 
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