I replaced the timing belt on my Pathfinder yesterday but I am unable to get the end of the spring to stay on the stud. If I add any amount of tension (by rotating the tensioner) it slips right off. It almost looks like its missing about 1/4" off of the end of it. My teenage neighbor kid was helping me remove everything so there is a chance he damaged it on the way out
Is the spring absolutely vital in some way I am not understanding? Because it does not look to me that it does anything at all. With the locknut tightened down the adjuster doesn't move so its not like the spring provides a strong counter force.
Any help or insights would be greatly appreciated.