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Old 12-15-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
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Exclamation Serpentine Belt Change

any one know or have DIY serpentine belt change ? Never change it ever since i have the car, car has 110k miles on it, Now I started to hear speaky noise from it, I don't know if it from the serpentine belt it self or the Pulley because it getting old and rusty, looking for instruction on how to change the belt myself and fix the squeaky noise ! help Please !
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:16 PM   #2
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here's the routing:



You've got to get a wrench on the tensioner pulley and turn it clockwise (toward the front of the car) to relieve tension on the belt so you can remove it (re-install it).
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:34 PM   #3
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to be safe...have a buddy help you while you take the belt off...the tensioner is pretty heavy to pull on...u might need a breaker bar...unless your mad deez...

...(if it ends up being REALLY REALLY stubborn...take the pass. headlight off and ull have more space)
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mines starting to squeak to i might have to try this
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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Do you need to absolutly use that special 14mm tool or could you use a regular breaker bar with a 14 on the end?? And from what I understand all you need to do is pull down on the tensioner pull out the old belt and slip in the new one?? I'm gonna be changing mine this weekend, mines making mad squeels and I'm smelling something like burnt rubber coming from that area, could that be the belt needing to be changed?? How often do you need to change the belt?? I'm at 70k...

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Old 01-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #6
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There is def not enough room in that area to get a breaker bar and socket on there. The job is simple with the serp. belt tool and crows foot, or you could use long 14mm open ended wrench .. but, I would recommend renting the serp. belt tool from autozone.
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which one is the tensioner?
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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Do you need to absolutly use that special 14mm tool or could you use a regular breaker bar with a 14 on the end?? And from what I understand all you need to do is pull down on the tensioner pull out the old belt and slip in the new one?? I'm gonna be changing mine this weekend, mines making mad squeels and I'm smelling something like burnt rubber coming from that area, could that be the belt needing to be changed?? How often do you need to change the belt?? I'm at 70k...
You can use work with two wrenches put together (open end on closed end) to add length and leverage to the concoction lol
O-------< O--------< Like so, insert one side of the open end into the closed end.. get it?
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which one is the tensioner?
The top left arrow is pointing to the tensioner pulley
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when ur done taking off the belt how you put the new one?
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:41 AM   #10
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Just had a mechanic replaced it few days ago, hope it'll last awhile.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:52 AM   #11
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There is def not enough room in that area to get a breaker bar and socket on there. The job is simple with the serp. belt tool and crows foot, or you could use long 14mm open ended wrench .. but, I would recommend renting the serp. belt tool from autozone.
Werd. I always just used an open-ended wrench but it pops off easily and you can hurt yourself if you aren't careful. Just get the tool it's fairly cheap.
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I just changed my recently. Took me 4 min exactly...
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wow this is perfect timing for it im doing it at my tech school for class assignment even tho i only have 41k on it. thanks for the diagram
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I just changed my recently. Took me 4 min exactly...
Interesting, did you do all the work from the engine bay or did you have gain access through the side of the wheel well. I'm changing my belt after I get off work. Does the good year gatorback belt work very well??
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Interesting, did you do all the work from the engine bay or did you have gain access through the side of the wheel well. I'm changing my belt after I get off work. Does the good year gatorback belt work very well??


It looks like there is 0 room to do anything. I really need to change my belt since it's been squeaking like a mofo everytime it rains. I bought the replacement belt but it's been sitting in my garage since I'm very unsure of the procedure and have no time.
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I usually pull back the fenderwell liner so I can easily put the belt on the right grooves of the crank pulley. I believe that to be your best course of action.
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This sux, I went to go pick up a belt from kragen and they don't have it in stock, nor does any autoparts store around my area have it in stock, I have to order it tonight... Guess I'll deal with the crickets for awhile till I get it.
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Interesting, did you do all the work from the engine bay or did you have gain access through the side of the wheel well. I'm changing my belt after I get off work. Does the good year gatorback belt work very well??
I installed the goodyear gatorback and no need to gain access through the wheel well. All you need is a long breaker bar... Make sure to move the p/s pump to the side...
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Serpentine belt installed

So I got my belt in today, and I just installed it awhile ago. It was a fairly moderate job, not hard at all actually. It was easy getting the belt off, the only hard part was getting it on and around the pulleys. I didn't have to take off the fender wheel liner, all the work was done from the engine bay. It would help if you have great patience since the area is really small to work around. I manage though and it took me about 30-40 min all together since I had to move the belt around alot to get it around the pulleys. I highly recommend the serpentine belt tool, since it gives you great leverage to pull on the tensioner. So all in all, the job was really easy the more I look at it, the only hard part is putting in the new belt. Hope this will help some folks that need to replace their belt. If you guys have any questions feel free to pm me.
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How much do you tighten it?
Man, at least this is easier than the old B and D series motors.
No TDC thing to do or anything? And you meant you have to move the PS steering resovoir right?
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The tensioner is auto-tensioning. There is no tightening it.

TDC would be if you changed the timing chain. We're talking about the serpentine drive belt.
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How much do you tighten it?

Man, at least this is easier than the old B and D series motors.

No TDC thing to do or anything? And you meant you have to move the PS steering resovoir right?
The K series has a spring loaded auto tensioner, no tightening required.

I'm a bit torn on which is easier though, this spring loaded tensioner, or f'ing with the adjusters on the old ones.

This is the accessory belt, not timing belt. K series has a chain.
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is there a sound this thing makes when you know its wearing out? i have a whining, rotating sound but i dont have a clue what it is...
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is there a sound this thing makes when you know its wearing out? i have a whining, rotating sound but i dont have a clue what it is...

when I turn my engine off I hear a squeeking noise. sounds like a gerbil wheel and I know its not my A/C(just had it replaced for the 4th time)
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