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My problem is that i cant find a way to put the engine belt on my car. The engine bracket is in the way so i just need help putting the belt on. Am i supposed to take the bracket off and then put the belt on or is there some way to put the belt on without taking the bracket off? I really need some help. Thank you!!!

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    We need to know the year and what size of engine you have.



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Need to take mtr mount off put jack under eng. remove bracket replce the belt

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I just bought a 1996 Lesabre also, and have worked on these before. It should have the 3.8Liter engine. You'll have to support the engine carefully underneath with a jack to take the weight off that mount, and then you'll have to unbolt and remove the mount. Then you can change the belt using the sping loaded automatic tensioner. Should have a place for a longer breaker bar on the tensioner itself.(1/2 inch I believe) They also make a special tool for this. Be VERY careful when jacking underneath the engine to make sure you jack somwhere that can support the weight of the engine, otherwise damage can be done very easily. Also, if you don't have a digram in the engine compartment of the belt routing, draw one before you remove the belt, or go get the manual at Schuck's. Good to have anyway.

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There are 2 types of engines that you need to remove two bolts from the the engine bracket. to be able to install the belt. remove the bolts . not to be confused with the nuts . In order to replace the belt. there are only 2 bolts. Then you pry the tensioner to loosen the belt. remove it and press the tensioner to install the new belt. it will create tension automatically. hen replace the bracket.

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Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle .

Remove the engine splash shield. Refer to Engine Splash Shield Replacement - Right Side .

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Slide the drive belt off of the belt idler pulley (1).

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end remove
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