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Re: accessories belt installiation 1997 3.8 engine
Yes it does place a 2x4 inbetween your oil pan and jack apply some pressure then unbolt mount then replace belt and put mount back on you may have to push engine one way or the other to line it back up but make sure the mount is as tight as you can get it with out snapping the bolts
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No you do not have to remove engine mount. There is an idler pulley located to the left of the alternator mounted on the top of the engine. In the middle of this idler pulley/belt tensioner is a 5/8" Bolt. Put a socket on it, turn it away from the belt and slide the belt off. It looks like you have to remove the mount but you will see you do not. A belt routing diagram will help you put it back on. You can draw it yourself before you take it off.
(1) No need to know if engine block coolant drain plug was available. Once the water pump was removed, all engine block coolant was drained. (2) After removing the three engine mounting bracket bolts, I also removed the mount bracket from the the body and made enough room to replace the timing belt easier.
The supercharged 3800 engine uses two accessory drive belts. The outer belt drives the supercharger. The inner belt drives the generator, power steering pump, coolant pump and air conditioning compressor. All driven accessories are rigidly mounted to the engine. Drive belt tension is maintained by the spring loaded belt tensioner. Each belt has its own tensioner. Remove:Place a jack with a block of wood on it under oil pan to support engine. Caution : Be sure the wood block extends past the width of the oil pan to avoid damage. Torque axis engine mount bolt where it connects the mount to the engine mounting bracket. Electrical connector from crank sensor. Engine mounting bracket lower stud and lower engine to allow stud to clear frame rail. Raise engine and reinstall bolt into torque axis mount. Lower engine to allow spacer to be removed. Belt(s) Istalling:Belt. Spacer. Remove bolt from torque axis bracket and lower engine. Electrical connector to crank sensor. Mounting bracket stud. Raise engine and install torque axis mount bolt. Tighten bolt to 87 Nm (52 lb. ft.) Good luck and hope this helps.