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It's easy to do, but requires some patience and a long wrench (or serpentine belt tool).
I know a few people have asked how to replace the serpentine belt before, so I swear there is at least a post or two around here about it.
If you follow the path of the belt, you will find the tensioner pulley, which is mounted on an arm that pivots to take up slack in the belt. There is what looks like a fake hex bolt head on the pulley arm, and this is what you attach the wrench to so you can release tension on the belt.
You'll need a long handle for the wrench to provide enough leverage since the tensioner is very tight. Or you can pick up a serpentine belt tool at the auto parts store (you might even be able to just borrow one).
You'll need to remove the splash shield on the inside of the passenger front wheel well so you can access the front of the engine pulleys. You don't need to lift up the car, just turned the wheels all the way right.
2010 Green Tacoma DC V6 4WD 6-SPD TRD Off-Road
Former 2001 Black Rav4 4WD w/ 5-speed manual, 172+ miles