Question about 1997 Kia Sportage
I need to change the belts on a 1997 kia sportage, but i cant figure out how to get the old ones off...Please, someone help me.....
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Posted on May 18, 2009
First loosen your altenator and take that belt off over the fan then the skid plate off the bottom and there is a tensioner pulley there for your a/c belt then your p/s belt loosens from the power steering pump pulley just turn the bolt counter clockwise and itll come off thats how my 99 works
Posted on May 25, 2009
The process for a 4X4, 3 belts, is completely different from the front wheel drive of the 2 wheel drive, 1 belt. Remove the upper air intake channel,10mm bolts, which is attached to the top of the radiator. Remove the front skid plate, under the radiator. Loosen the long threaded bolt, 12 mm, on top of the alternator. The transverse set bolt,12mm, will also have to be loosened. Tilt the long bolt upward and the alternator will hinge toward the engine. Remove the belt. Loosen the vertical bolt, 13 mm, at the AC belt tensioner pulley, under the vehicle. The pulley will travel upward in order to relieve the belt tension. If the pulley does not move upward, tap the head of the bolt upward. Remove the belt. The power steering belt is the remaining rear belt. Loosen the power steering pump lower bolt, 13 mm. The top bolt, 13 mm, must also be loosened and it allows the pump to hinge toward the engine. The top bolt is very hard to get a wrench on as it is positioned in a blind position. The easy way to loosen the top bolt is to drain the radiator. Remove the bolts, 10 mm, from the fan shroud and radiator, remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, and lift the radiator up about 6". The upper pump bolt is now exposed. With the upper and lower bolts loosened, tilt the pump toward the engine. The hoses may offer some resistance, so a good push may be required. Remove the old belt and install the new belt. Tilt the pump away from the engine to obtain belt tension. There is not a good pry point. With as much tension as can be applied by hand, tighten the lower bolt securely. Then tighten the upper bolt. This is the opposite procedure from most installs, but the tight work area makes this the best order. Reinstall the alternator and AC belts with proper tension after replacing the radiator and shroud. Replace the remaining components and refill the radiator.
Due to the amount of effort required to change the belts on a 4X4 Kia Sportage, it may be a good idea to replace all three. Auto Zone price for all three belts is less than $35.00.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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