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Serpentine belt for 96 grand am 3.1l v6

Need to know how to install seems the top motor mount is in the way!!

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It is in the way.
You have to support the motor with a floor jack on the oil pan.
I would use a flat piece of wood to distribute the weight, remember you dont have to lift it just support it. Then you will take the two bolts out on the top of the mount and remove the top plate. This will give you the room needed to change the belt not allot but enough, you can also lift the motor a little to increase the space to slide the old belt out and the new one in. When putting the plate back on the mount do not use an impact gun because the bolts will break.

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See figures 10 and 11 yes need to remove mount.

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