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Air conditioner belt 3.5 eng

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A/C Belt To Remove:
NOTE: The A/C drive belt self tensioner is NOT a dynamic tensioner. After adjustment the tensioner bracket bolts are tightened. The torsion spring is no longer responsible for tensioning the A/C belt. The torsion spring is only used for initial belt tensioning.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove alternator/power steering belt to gain access to A/C belt:
  3. Loosen, do not remove tensioner locking bolt and pivot bolt.
  4. Insert 1/2" drive breaker bar into square opening on belt tensioner.
  5. Rotate tensioner counterclockwise until belt can be removed from pulleys.
  6. Slowly rotate tensioner clockwise to relieve spring load. NOTE: Clean all foreign debris from belt pulley grooves. The belt pulleys must be free of oil, grease, and coolants before installing the drive belt.
    NOTE: Belt replacement under any or all of the following conditions is required:
    • Excessive wear
    • Frayed cords
    • Severe glazing
  7. NOTE: Poly-V Belt system may develop minor cracks across the ribbed side (due to reverse bending). These minor cracks are considered normal and acceptable. Parallel cracks are not
    NOTE: Do not use any type of belt dressing or restorer on Poly-V Belts.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 28, 2009




    First pic for the info above.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 28, 2009

    A/C Belt (New)
    To Install:

    WARNING
    Do not remove A/C belt tensioner locking bolt without first holding the tensioner with a ½ inch drive breaker bar, as personal injury could result.

    NOTE: Verify that torsion spring position is in the new belt position before installing a NEW belt. If torsion spring is not in the new belt position, follow the procedure to change the tensioner spring from the USED belt position to the NEW belt position.


    1. Insert a 1/2" drive breaker bar into the square opening on the tensioner.
    2. Hold counterclockwise pressure on tensioner while removing the locking bolt.
    3. Carefully release spring load of the torsion spring on the tensioner.
    4. Remove pivot bolt, tensioner, and spring from front timing cover.
    5. Install or connect the following:

      • Spring arm into the NEW belt position on the tensioner
      • Torsion spring, tensioner, and pivot bolt
      • Pivot bolt, finger tight

    6. Using a 1/2" drive breaker bar, apply counterclockwise pressure until locking bolt can be installed.





    1. Install the NEW belt by rotating the tensioner counterclockwise until the NEW belt can be installed on pulleys.
    2. Release tensioner and remove breaker bar. Belt is automatically adjusted with the tensioner torsion spring.
    3. Tighten tensioner locking bolt and pivot bolt

      • Torque to 250 inch lbs. (28 Nm)

    4. Install alternator/power steering belt.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 28, 2009

    Belt Tension
    Use belt tension gauge, Special Tool 7198 for conventional V-belts and Poly-V belts.

    Always adjust the belt tension according to NEW or USED belt(s).

    Poly-V Belt (all engines)


    • Generator – Power Steering Belt;

      1. New 190 +/- 10 lbs., (836+/- 44N)
      2. Used 120 lbs., (534N)

    V-Belt (3.5L)

    • A/C Belt

      1. New 160 +/- 10 lbs., (667+/- 44N)
      2. Used 120 lbs., (534N)

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