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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Fan Belt broken. How
It's got an socket on the tensioner pulley, which you slip onto a breaker bar or a ratchet with the appropriate socket. Then, from the driver's side of the engine bay, pull the bar toward yourself and it will release the tension.
It's possible to hold the tensioner back and fit a belt yourself . You should be able to find a pully with a square hole for a socket rachet to go into. Push away from the belt and you should be able to remove it .For more detailed procedure,read the following instructions:--- ------------------------ Take a good look at how the belt is mounted on the car. Now with a socket and ratchet put it on the bolt head in the middle of the tensioner. This is the pulley between the power steering pump and alternator, essentially the one in the middle up the top. Now with ratchet to be pointing towards the right (drivers side) guard, about horizontal, with your left arm push it anti clockwise and the pulley will rise up. With your other hand whilst this is happening pull the belt off of the top of the water pump pulley (the one in the middle half way down). Carefully ease off the tensioner pulley and take the belt off. ---------------- Installation is pretty much a reversal. With your new belt thread it around the pulleys as the other one was, paying particular attention to making sure it sits right on the a/c compressor (bottom right), alternator (top right) harmonic balancer (bottom centre) and p/s pulley. Leave the belt off the water pump pulley for now but have it sitting so its ready to be slipped over. Now do the same thing with the socket and ratchet again to the tensioner pulley. With your free hand move the belt over the top of the water pump pulley. Ease off the tensioner and then check the belt is sitting right in all the pulleys, the grooves in the belt running in the grooves in the pulleys and the belt up against the rear lip of the pulley. ------------------ In an emergency or lack of proper tools , you can use the wheel brace to pull up on the tensioner. the head on the tensioner nut is a very similar (slightly smaller) size than that on the wheel nuts. --------------- This should help.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.
Posted on Feb 22, 2011
It varies from vehicle to vehicle but you could ask the dealer---my view has always been to keep an eye on the belt for cracks or fraying anywhere---they are not that hard to replace and while costs will vary (on mine found a OEM one new for 26 dollars and same belt at local parts place was 52---same brand and part number.
It is better to replace it and have the tension unit that tightens most of these inspected than have it go when you are driving down the road.
In my case I keep the old belt rolled up and stowed in the vehicle in case the new one fails.
Posted on Dec 05, 2012
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A serpentine belt (also known as a multi-vee or multi-rib belt) is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Posted on Dec 08, 2012
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