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Old 08-16-2013, 03:29 PM   #41
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Yes! put a piece of 2X4 between the jack and the oil pan.
right on!!! Just don't be "that guy" on another forum that used a bottle jack and put it directly against the oil pan, and punched a hole thru the oil pan. A 2x4 or similar spreads the load rather than concentrating it in one small spot.
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:21 PM   #42
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Changed alternator and belt

Whew, what a job. I put my jack under the engine and removed the bolts from the motor mount. Somehow, there wasn't enough room to get it out past the valve cover. I finally used a small C-clamp to pull two pieces together a bit, slid a screwdriver under each side of bottom bracket and one screwdriver on top between valve cover and 3 hole mount and wedged it out.
Everything else went as described in other post.
Thanks everyone for all the help.
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I removed the access panel and shouldn't have done it.

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Need to remove the passenger side access panel under the vehicle and come in from the bottom.
All I had to do was cut the serpentine belt tool. It worked great.
Now I need to replace several of the plastic retainer push pin clips. I learned the hard way how not to remove them. Thanks and have a great day!
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sounds complicated.

this is why i never replace the serpentine myself. i have **** to do
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:26 PM   #46
 
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Hey fellow HHR owners
First post here ever...
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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so i battled with it today.. there is a place for a 3/8 breaker bar to go in but not enough room to get it in there so.... i brainstormed and ended up running a piece of nylon strap around the arm the tension pulley is on and tied a loop about the hieght of the front of the car so i could stick a piece of unistrut (any bar or pole will work) through the loop and pry up while i slipt it in place.. very easy i did it by my self in about 2 mins after i came up with the idea.
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That worked out nicely for you! Awesome!
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That worked out nicely for you! Awesome!
Yes its all about using the brain lol. I fought it with a prybar for a bit and said screw im going to sit down and think of a way lol..... it worked like a charm
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