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Old 08-25-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question Replacing the Serpentine Belt

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I have to replace my serpentine belt and noticed last night that there isn't a whole lot of room in there to move around. I thought I might limit my frustration a bit and ask the experts first. Any tips or tricks or secret passageways?? My dealer wanted $130.00 to do the job, thought it was kinda high as I used to do this work on my old little jimmy all the time.
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Welcome.... Not sure where the experts are at the moment, but here goes..
Perhaps the illustration will help, Yes it is tight conditions.

I would start at the crank pulley & then go over the A/C pulley, pull back the tensioner, & loop it over Alternator & gently release the belt tensioner..
IIRC a 3/8" drive rachet will fit the tensioner square hole (see pic) to pull up on it.
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks Sleeper
That is kinda what I thought too, now I just have to make my arms a little thinner and I think I'll be able to do it!
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Need to remove the passenger side access panel under the vehicle and come in from the bottom.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:18 PM   #5
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Thanks ChevyMgr
See I knew there was a secret hole!
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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Not sure where you are going to do this, but a lift makes this an easy job. On your back won't be so easy.
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Need to remove the passenger side access panel under the vehicle and come in from the bottom.
After you remove excess amounts of accumulated snow....oh sorry , you said no jokes.........
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:20 AM   #8
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easiest way of doing it is with 2 people....one pushes up on tensioner while other slides belt off the alternator....and then to put it back on...go from the bottom up....crank, a/c, tensioner...then push up on tensioner and have second person loop onto the alternator...no more than 2 minutes to remove and reinstall
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mrsilent13 is spot on with his suggestions. Did mine exactly that way @ 75K miles and it literally was no more than 2 minutes.

Wheel was off for another reason so that made it easier but we didn't remove any panels.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:39 AM   #10
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Is the proper way to relieve tension by using the 3/8 square hole in the tensioner or the 15mm bolt that holds the tensioner on?
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