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No diagram for 3.1 chevy malibu

No belt diagram for 3.1 chevy malibu.... and to take the old one off do i have to remove anything

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  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    cant route back the drive belt

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Is the oil pump on a 98 malibu in the oilpan?

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These instructions are for the 3.1 L engine with serpentine belt. To change the belt, you need to remove the engine mount first. But before you do that, you must support the engine so it won't tilt after you remove the engine mount bolts. You would also need at least one helper. Here's step by step: 1. Use a jack and a long enough wooden block to cover the oil pan. Larger block will distribute the forces better. Don't use only a jack or a small block, it might crack the oil pan. Note: normally, you shouldn't lift engine by the oil pan, you should use an engine hoist, but carefully support with wooden block works. 2. Slowly raise the jack to support the engine. 3. Unscrew (Counter Clock Wise) the 2 bolts and 2 nuts of the engine mount. It's on the passenger side right next to the serpentine belt. 4. Loosen the tensioner bolt, and remove the old belt. You may have to raise the engine a bit to get a big enough gap to slide the belt through. 5. Put in the new belt and route it according to the diagram, you may have to leave it off one of the pulley because the tensioner is so tight. Don't worry, you'll slide it on later. 6. Put tighten the tensioner back on. Make sure the round metal pin goes in the appropriate slot. 7. Here's the hard part, putting the belt entirely on the pulleys. You have to either: a) Put a 3/8" ratchet in to the slot near the tension pulley that says "LIFT" and pull really hard to compress the spring, while putting the belt on the one of the pulley. Unless you are Arnold, you will need help. b) Pull a rope behind the tension pulley arm and pull while pushing with your left arm on the pulley arm to compress the spring; then get another person to hook the belt on one of the pulleys. 8. Put the engine mount back on. 9. Test run the engine to make sure you didn't mess up. Turn on accessories like A/C. If the temperature goes way up, you messed up. The water pump might be spinning the wrong way. Note: If you don't have a good floor jack, you can jack up the car, place a support under the oil pan, then slowly lower the car until the engine is supported. In this case, jack-stands or blocks under the frame are a good idea to avoid lowering too far
PLEASE RATE THIS SOLUTION WAS ALLOT OFWORK TO FIND IT.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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    Scott Thompson Dec 24, 2010

    followed your instructions to the T, but ended up changing water pump, and tension pully, and drive belt. Now the belt keep walking off. It looks like allignment between cam shaft and AC pump are not in allignment. Belt keeps walking half way off the cam shaft and apperas at that point to be alligned. Any suggestions on how to get the belt to stay on ??? Please help 863-484-3357 Scott

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All you have to do is the release the tension on the belt so that it can be loose to slip off the pulleys. Get a 3/8 drive ratchet. There is a square hole in the tensioner pulley close to the end where the actual pulley is, your 3/8 ratchet with out any socket on it will fit in that hole. Pull up or push down to release tension on belt and while holding tension in the release position slide belt off pulley. If you don't see a diagram on how the belt is routed on pulleys. Create a diagram draw all pulley on the car like crank alternator etc and draw where the belt goes up on down on which pulley. Very easy to do. Good Luck

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I kept losing belts, too but I found that my harmonic balancer was seperating. I chased that for ages until I discovered it. Also, the serpentine belts from different manufacturers can be slightly different lengths, which means that he long ones may "chatter".

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A ratchet will not fit with on the tension pulley assembly while installed in a 98 Malibu. There is not enough clearance to get the ratchet in and out of the hole. You must use a 3/8" breaker bar or pulley assembly tool. I could not get the leverage that I needed due to my breaker bar being only 10" long and the limited clearance between the motor and motor mounts. I improvised and used a clamp to toque up on the breaker bar. The clamp used the motor mount for leverage. This was the easiest way to do it since it didn't require alot of man power and it didn't require a helper. I also didn't have to take off the motor mount.

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