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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ON PASSENGER SIDE YOU NEED SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT VECHICLE ON JACK STANDS.PARK VECHICLE ON SOLID LEVEL GROUND.REMOVE WHEEL OR TIRE ON PASSENGER SIDE REMOVE SPLASH SHIELD, THEN PLACE A OPEN END WRENCH ON THE TENSIONER PULLEY LUG ROTATE TENSIONER TO RELIEVE THE BELT TENSION.
Open the hood and locate the belt tensioner. The serpentine belt drive is located on the front of the engine on the passenger side of the engine compartment. The spring-loaded belt tensioner on the 1998 Contour is located slightly to the left of and below the water pump pulley Release the tension on the belt using the serpentine belt removal tool. On vehicles equipped with the 2.5 liter V-6 engine, snap the 3/8 inch-drive adapter onto the removal tool. Slip the tool into the square, 3/8-inch hole in the end of the tensioner arm. Rotate the tensioner clockwise to release the tension. While holding the tensioner back, remove the belt from one of the pulleys. Release the tensioner, remove the belt from the remaining pulleys and pull it out of the engine compartment Snap a13 mm socket adapter into the belt removal tool for the 2.0 liter, four cylinder Contour. Place the tool onto the 13 mm bolt that holds the tensioner pulley to the tensioner arm and rotate the tensioner clockwise. While hold the tensioner back, slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Release the tensioner, slip the belt from the remaining pulleys then remove it from the engine compartment Route the new belt around the pulleys, according to the belt routing guide. The belt routing guide on the 1998 Contour is located on a decal on the left (passenger side) strut tower. If this decal is missing, or unreadable, the belt routing guide can also be found in your service manual. Rotate the tensioner pulley one more turn to allow the new belt to slip under the tensioner pulley. Check the belt for proper alignment on the pulleys. It should lay flat on the pulley and not overhang the edges. If the belt must be repositioned, release the tensioner and reposition as needed.
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.
jack up vehicle ,remove passenger side front tire remove plastic splash shield now under hood find your serpentine belt tensioner release tension on belt and remove belt now back at the plastic shield with it removed you should see your harmonic balancer install correct puller onto balancer and remove
You place a breaker bar, large screw driver, pry bar, etc...in the notch that is located on top of the tensioner pulley.....The tensioner pulley is located on top of engine near the firewall on the passenger side of car...if you stand at the passenger side of your car and look at your serpentine belt following it around towards the firewall (windshield) the tensioner pulley is at the apex and there is about an 1 1/2" notch at the top of that....that is where you would put your pry bar and you would pull back ( towards the front of your car) on that tensioner and you will see the serpentine belt loosen. I can post a picture is you need one....
Did this on my 2002 Stratus 2.4L. I agree with other poster, you do have to remove the passenger tire and wheel wall to do it, but the tensioner travels clockwise. Note: I offer this solely as a description of how I accomplished the task on my vehicle. It should not be taken as me advising anyone else in any way on how or whether they manage to repair their own vehicles.
1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire. 2) Jacked-up and placed jack-stand. 3) Removed piece of black under-carriage which surrounds the oil filter and attaches to front bumper. There are at least 10 plastic push-pins to remove and I managed to destroy half of them in the process. 4) Positoned belt over lower pulleys and tensioner (as best as possible) then used a bungee to hold the top end of belt up while I worked under the car. 5) Used a 3/8 ratchet and inserted into square hole attached to the tensioner, disengaged the tensioner (moves clockwise) then used a brace to keep the ratchet handle in that position. 6) From top, removed bungee and finished placing belt over alternator, checked the position of entire belt, reengaged the tensioner, and replaced wall and wheel.
If this car has a v-6 (2.5). You have to loosen the belt tensioner. It is located along the side of the passengers wheel well. Turn the passengers tire outwards, and kneel down. Look inside the wheel weel, and about the same line of sight as your eyes when you look in there you will see, a bolt, and a pulley, with a bolt in the center of the pulley. Loosen the pulley bolt first, and then loosen the tensioner bolt, Pun on belt careful to watch the routing, and pull pulley tight, with hand, and then tighten the tensinner bolt. Belt should be taught, but not very tight. Then tighten the pulley bolt.
All you need is a 13mm boxed end wrench. The tensioner pulley is the one all the way on the bottom towards the rear of the van. You can reach it under the van. Slide under the van in front of the passenger front tire and you will wee the pulley. Put the wrench on the bolt and pull towards you to release the tension on the belt.