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Serpentine Belts

As most of us have cameras on our phones, I believe it a good idea to photograph the lacing of the serpentine belt before removing it.

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replace water pump 2004 clk500


Hi Scott, Work evolved in replacing a water pump depends on the vehicle. Some vehicles have the pump driven by the timing belt, while others drive via a 'V' belt or PK (Serpentine belt) If your is the latter, take a few photographs of the lacing for the reassembly before doing any disassembly. If it is a vehicle using the timing belt, photograph the serpentine belt and then remove it and the timing cover. Before removing the timing belt, rotate the engine to TDC and align the timing marks before taking off the belt. It is always a good idea to paint a spot of white paint onto the gears and the engine. Once the match marks have been identified and aligned, loosen the tensioner bearing fully before removing the belt. When refitting, set the marks by adjusting the belt alignment on the opposite side to the side fitted with the tensioner. Once aligned, retention and check the alignment again. If you're happy turn the engine by hand at least four times and recheck the matching up of the marks each second turn. Changing the water pump is straight forward and child's play compared to the associated work. Regards John

May 25, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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How do you change the serpentine belt chevy malibu 200


Well you don't have to remove the tensioner. If you look at it, you'll see a 3/8 square hole in the arm of the tensioner. Put a ratchet wrench, or breaker bar in the hole, and you can move the tensioner, it is only spring loaded. The diagram for how the belt laces in should be on the radiator core support. Lace it for the majority around, move the tensioner, and once you have the belt in line, release the tension on the tensioner arm.

Mar 26, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Malibu

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how to remove a serpentine belt on a 2001 6.0 liter engine


You will find that isn't connected to anything except a bracket. Use a 1/2" breaker bar and pull it away from the belt. To install the new one, just lace it around the pulleys and for the tensioner pulley, pull it out of the way, put the belt in and release the tensioner. You should be ready to go. It should take around 20 minutes.

Dec 18, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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Maybe it's the serpentine belt


there not hard to change if you have a general idea how it works.
there should be a diagram of how the belt is ran.you could follow that but i would suggest going to a friend or a shop that has experiance.you have to remove the motor mount I believe.its a tight fit.
Good Luck

Jul 01, 2008 | 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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