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Put a peice of wood on the jack saddle and jack the vehicle on the passenger side pinch weld if you are using a floor jack. If using factory jack... It fits over the pinch weld right below the rocker panel. Put jack stand under lower control arm
This must be a 3.8 liter engine. They have 2 plastic elbows that always break they run threw the alternator mounting bracket. #1 disconnect battery #2 remove serpentine belt by unloading tensioner . #3 remove alternator and mounting bracket this needs to be pried away from cylinder head remove broken pieces and clean passage bores install new elbows with some vasoline on o-rings and align then reassemble. one elbow comes from intake manifold both sides are the same size the other comes from timing cover near water pump the lager side goes into timing cover.
The manual has this step in it: "remove the engine mounting bracket lower nut, stud and spacer. Carefully lower the vehicle."
It never said to raise the vehicle, so I think there is an error here.
However, it is an indication that the belt needs to slip under the motor mount.
Recommend you put a floor jack under the engine, prop it up, remove the mount stud, and lower or raise the engine as needed to get the belt out.
If you don't have a floor jack, you can accomplish the same using the car jack on the regular jack point, jacking it up, and then putting some bricks and 2 by 4s under the pan. Then let the car down until the engine touches. Take the nut off the stud and raise or lower the car as needed to open a gap for the belt to pass thru.
OK? If you have more questions, please let me know.
If it's like the GT model then you have to take the top engine mount off near the coolant which you also need to jack the engine up using a 2x4 between the jack and oil pan to get to the 3 bolts on the side bracket mounted on the engine right below the power steering pump
Routine inspection of the belt may reveal cracks in the belt ribs.
These cracks will not impair the belt performance. The belt should be
replaced if the belt slip occurs if a section of the belt ribs are
missing. A single serpentine drive belt is used to drive all engine
accessories. All belt driven accessories are rigidly mounted with the
belt tension maintained by a spring loaded tensioner. The indicator on
the movable portion of the tensioner must be within the limits of the
marks of the stationary portion of the tensioner. Any reading outside of
these limits indicates either a defective belt or tensioner.
Fig. To remove the belt, use a 3/8 inch breaker bar in order to
rotate the drive belt tensioner in a counterclockwise motion
I had to do this several years back and mind you it is not as easy as I would have thought. You will need to position a jack under the engine to support it because you will have to jack the engine up slightly and completely remove the upper motor mount on the right side to be able to route the belt through the pulleys properly. also if you wish the inner fender well could be removed to help access but you will have to remove the motor mount. Mine is a 1995 grand am gt with the 3.1 v-6. Hope this helps.