Re: Replace serpentine belt on a 1995 Saturn sl1. 1.9...
Yes! It is a whole lot easier and faster to take off the passenger tire. Remove plastic cover with speed pins. It is a lot easier to get to the belt tensioner to release belt tension also.Just put a 14mm wrench or 9/16" wrench on the tensioner at the 4:00 o'clock position and push down the belt will be easy to remove and reverse this to install the new one GOOG LUCK *****badgto1NJ
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If your emissions sticker under the hood in the front was still legible, you would see a diagram of the serpentine belt components. Facing the car from the passenger side, the tension pulley is left of the engine's center and perhaps 8 inches down. It takes a 14 mm wrench pulled clockwise to release the tension. It's a tight space. A pass thru socket wrench would work, but so does a combination wrench with a rope or wire tied to the closed end. That gives enough leverage to move the pulley.
Disconnect the negative battery
cable with a ratchet and socket, read the serpentine belt routing
diagram located under the hood, then release the serpentine belt
tensioner using a ratchet and socket, and carefully remove the
serpentine belt from all of the pulleys with your hands. 2 Install the new belt according
the routing diagram, then ease the belt onto the belt tensioner pulley
and tighten the tensioner with a ratchet and socket.3 Reconnect the battery cable and start the car to test the belt.
do a search on youtube, there are many videos there. basically you are going to have to release tension, open the service door behind the right front tire and remove two bolts and replace in reverse manner. again there are lots of videos of this on youtube. while you are doing it put in a new belt. the right side dogbone engine mount will be in front of you, replace that while you are at it unless you have already changed it.
Open the hood to the Saturn SL and locate the serpentine belt
routing diagram on the front engine frame rail. This diagram will show
you where the tensioner pulley is in comparison to the others. You will
need to refer to it to make sure the belt is aligned properly when it
comes time to place the belt back on.
Stand on the side of the right fender of the Saturn SL
located in front of the belt and pulleys. Locate the tensioner pulley
according to the belt routing diagram. Different applications of Saturn
SLs (for example, with power steering and air conditioning
or without power steering or air conditioning or any variety thereof)
may place the automatic belt tensioner in slightly different locations.
As you will note from the room between the engine and the interior
fender well, you have an extremely limited amount of room to work. This
is why the telescopic magnet will come in handy; you're going to drop a
wrench and need to retrieve it from the bottom of the splash shield.
Place the box end of the long-handled 14-mm wrench onto the
center bolt of the automatic tensioner and turn it clockwise. This will
relieve the tension on the belt. Take the belt off the upper-right hand
pulley only (unless you're replacing the belt as well) toward the front
of the car. Allow the tension to go back and remove the wrench.
Slip the back of the serpentine belt off the tensioner.
Locate the two bolts on the flange of the tensioner and remove them,
using the ratchet and a deep socket. If you need more room to get to the
bolts, you could remove the pulley wheel off the automatic belt
tensioner by placing the 14-mm long-handled wrench back onto the center
bolt of the pulley but turn counterclockwise and remove the bolt and
Install the new belt tensionser, replace the bolts, threading
them in by hand at first and then tightening with the ratchet and
socket. This is going to be challenging due to the lack of room in the
cavity you're working. Place the 14-mm wrench back onto the center bolt
of the tensioner pulley and turn clockwise to release the tension and
reapply the belt to the upper pulley and on top of the tensioner or
replace the belt, according to the belt routing diagram.
Locate the two belts on the left side (passenger side) of your Mitsubishi Lancer. The outer belt is a serpentine belt, operating four pulleys and the inner belt is your alternator belt.
Follow the serpentine (outer) belt to the three pulleys lined up vertically near the front of the engine compartment. Locate the middle pulley, which is the tension pulley for the belt.
Loosen the bolt on the middle pulley with a socket wrench by turning counter-clockwise. Do not remove the bolt, just turn it a couple of times. Loosen the tensioner bolt on the side of the of the pulley, facing the front of the vehicle.
Remove the serpentine belt and then loosen the bolt on the alternator. With the alternator loose, move it forward so that the alternator belt loosens up and then remove belt from the pulleys.
Install the new alternator belt by placing it over both inside pulleys. Tighten the tension on the alternator belt by moving the alternator back and keeping tension on it by holding it back with a long screwdriver. While the alternator belt is tight, use a socket wrench to tighten up the bolt on the alternator.
Place the serpentine belt back on the pulleys and then use a socket wrench on the bolt on the front of the tension pulley. Once the serpentine belt is tight, tighten up the bolt in the middle of the tension pulley.
Start the Mitsubishi Lancer's engine to test the alternator belt and make sure it is working properly. Once you have verified it is working, turn the engine off.
the tensioner sits about mid block on the passenger side. to replace it, you need to take off the right front wheel and remove the plastic service panel. these go bad and they are replaced, not repaired. relieve tension by putting a long open/box wrench on the tensioner and take off the serpentine belt. remove two bolts, take off the tensioner and put a new one in its place. they cost less than 50 bucks. might want to replace the belt while you are at it. put the same long wrench back on the tensioner, move it back, put the belt on, release the tensioner, put the wheel back on and you are in business. i am sure there are videos of this over on youtube.
Buy a replacement for about $40 at autozone or advance, if the serpentine belt has never been replaced get one of those too. Jack the front passenger wheel up and put a jackstand under it. Take off the tire and you will see a plastic service door in the wheel well, take that out too. You now see all the guts there. Now get a long wrench put it on the tensioner bolt and use it to relieve tension, pull off the belt, unbolt the tensioner, put the new tensioner in tightening bolts firmly. Put the new belt on, use some leverage on the tensioner to allow you to put the belt on the tensioner and you are done. While you are in there you may want to replace the right side dog bone motor mount which will also be right in front of you.
First pop the hood and find the serpentine and alternator belts on the left side of the engine compartment. The serpentine belt runs around four pulleys. The alternator belt uses two pulleys. They share space on the drive shaft so they are right next to each other. Of the four pulleys using the serpentine belt, three of them are vertically in line (closer to the front of the car) and the fourth stands alone (closer to the cab). Of the three vertically in line, the middle pulley is the one used to adjust the tension on the belt. You must first break loose the bolt in the center of the tension pulley (the bolt is facing the passenger tire) by turning it counter clockwise. Then leave that bolt and go to the bolt connected frame connected to the other side of the tension pulley (this bolt is facing the front of the car). Turn that bolt counter clockwise until the serpentine belt is loose enough to pull off. Replace the belt and tighten in the opposite order. Once the desired tension is reached, crank the car and run it for a few minutes. Finally cut the car off and check the tension, tighten or loosen as neccessary.