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Drive Belt Slipped Off

My drive belt has slipped off the engine. How can I put it back on?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    it the belt came off u will need to find out why.


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If the serpen tine belt slipped off chances are that the spring loaded adjuster pulley is no longer functioning like it should replace the belt tensioner assembly and new belt. you can also purchase a repair manual at an auto parts store for very little as well as ther parts. there should also be a diagram under the hood that shows the correct rounting of the serpentine belt.

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Accessory Drive Belts


Belt Tension Inspection

Inspect the drive belt for signs of glazing or cracking. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will usually start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. All worn or damaged drive belts should be replaced immediately.

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Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-4.3L engine

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Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-4.3L engines

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  7. Once the belt is free, remove it from the engine compartment.

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    Fig. On this 4.3L engine, a large wrench (16mm) was used to pivot the belt tensioner and free the belt

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    Fig. Accessory serpentine belt routing-4.3L engine

  2. Rotate the tensioner pulley to the left (counterclockwise) and hold it while you finish slipping the belt into position. Slowly allow the tensioner into contact with the belt.
  3. Check to see if the correct V-groove tracking is around each pulley.
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