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Serpentine replacement on a 2004 mazda 3

I would like to replace the serpentine belt myself, but don't know how to release the tension to get the belt back on.

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  • jhull14 Nov 06, 2008

    I would like to know how to replace the belt myself as well. If not possible how long should it take for a skilled machanic to do it?

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    What does it mean when your serpentine belt does not fit! Well to start I had taken my car to the Mazda3 Dealer for repair and on the day that my wife and I had went to pick the car and on the way back the serpentine belt had came off. Some of my buddies come over and they look at it and they say that the belt does not fit!

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Just push down on the top pulley (the smaller one) as for getting the new belt back on make sure your belt came with the "tool-kit" which helps you get it back on...


ILL NEVER BUY A MAZDA AGAIN!!! man what a problem getting PARTS!

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    d. Using your other hand - Pull the Belt up and over the Last remaining Pulley.
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