Question about 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
We went to put the belt on the car and the tensioner bolt broke as we lifted
it the bolt either broke off or screwed out and fell out and it seems so hard to get into how can we fix this I had a video on this site about the serpentine belt and it showed how to put it on i thought i saved it yet i cant find it anyone out there know about it and where it is please send me a link to Slivick@msn.com thanks
Ok now that we know that it is a six cyclinder that helps, you have to remove the tensouir so we can find what damages there are. your right nothing is going to be easy. if you call the dealer they should be able to help you with the correct bolt size and pitch. and the part, help your husband by doing this your self , when you call the dealer have the vin number ready you can get that number from the vin plate thats located in the left corner of the windsheild copy the whole number. be patient this repair is not as hard as it looks you guys can handle it, keep my advise on how you are doing kdc744
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
For as little as it will cost to repair this whole issue.........take the car to your GM deler, and they'll do the job for you......depending on where you live and labor rates the whole job along with replacement parts shouldn'r be more then $150...Problem solved!
Ford had some of the same issues in that stretch of model years also.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
Seems like we have two issues: 1. the tensioner bolt and 2. the threading the new serpentine belt. #2 may be the easiest solved. Look on the front radiator coul or the cross member over the radiator. All GM vehicles have a picture decal stuck there or on the fender well or fan shroud etc. Inspect all these places to see if it there and it should be unless removed.
Back to #1. I assume you found the bolt? If so and it isn't obviously damaged then replace it and the tensioner should work perfectly well. I would grease the bolt prior to replacing it in the block however. If the bolt is lost or broken then replace it from Pep Boys or a salvage yard. This will be a metric bolt so be careful not to get SAE standard threaded one. Also, you should get the exact repacement of hardness which I am sure a grade 8 bolt and it should only be threaded the same distance from the end as the original. Be sure to replace the washer also if lost. Be sure that the spring is properly placed in the pivot body and tighten it up to about 35-40 ft lbs. ps. If the bolt is broken in the block, then you may be able to remove it by spraying wd-40 on it and using a tiny chisel or perhaps a concrete nail and small hammer and peck at the bolt on the side that would apply pressure to turn the broken bolt piece in a loosening movement to back it out of the bolt hole. Remember righty tighty, lefty loosen.
Now for threading the belt. If this goes behind the fan then you can thread it over a blade and turn the fan, thus not having to remove the fan. Once the fan issue is resolved or not an issue and you cannot find the threading picture, then you can use your common sense to figure that the belt bust be driven by the crankshaft and look at the ridges on the belt to decide which side of the next pulley that needs power and continue this process over each auxilary unit until you are sure of the threading then put your 1/2 drive ratchet into the tensioner and move it asside making sure that all the little ridges are in place on the ridged pulleys then release the tensioner.
Thats all there is to it. Good luck, glenn and happy new year!
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
Go to a junk yard and buy another tensioner and bolt.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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