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1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement

What are the steps? Do any mounts or brackets have to be taken off to get the belt onto the pullies?

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Try this procedure.
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To replace a worn belt, locate the idler or generator pulley.

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Loosen the hold-down fastener for the idler or gen1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed46.jpg>
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Pry the idler or generator1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed47.jpglease the belt tension and remove the belt.

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Match the old belt up for size with the new replacement belt.

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Observe the belt routing diagram in the engine compartment.




Install the new belt over each of the drive pulleys. Often the manufacturer recommends a sequence for feeding the belt around the pulleys.



Art courtesy of Delmar - Thomson Learning.
Pry out the idler or generat1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed75.jpgsion on the belt.
Pry out the idler or generator pulley to put tension on the belt.

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Install the belt squarely in the grooves of each pulley.

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Before adjusting belt tension, check for proper pulley alignment. This is especially critical with serpentine belts. Measure the belt deflection in its longest span. If a belt tension gauge is available, use it and compa1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed76.jpgecifications.
If a belt is too tight, wear to bearings for the water pump, alternator, and engine crankshaft can result.
Some l1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed77.jpgngines require a torque reading to be taken when tension is applied to the generator drive belt. This is especially imp1996 Grand AM 3.1L serpentine belt replacement - 0900823d8004ed78.jpg, multiribbed V-belts.

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Pry the idler or generator pulley to adjust the belt to specifications.

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Tighten the idler or generator pulley fastener.

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Start the engine and check the belt for proper operation.

Any more questions please ask. Good luck.

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