Question about 2005 Chevrolet Express
Replaced Alternator following directions on you tube from 1Aauto.com. But the Savannah they showed doesn't have the Express's giagntic fan shroud that completely blocks all view. It took nme a couple hours to get the alternator out and in, and so far about 4 hours trying to get the belt back in place.
There should be two bolts at the bottom and two at the top of the shroud to remove it. There should also be a diagram of the serpentine belt located somewhere under the hood or by the hood latch.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check out this link... better than a diagram, a photo.
note: on my screen this guy's "purple" circle looks more like a light blue, maybe lavender.
Posted on Jun 27, 2009
There should be a tension pullie that you put a wrench on and turn it and the pullie will kind of fold back on a spring so you can remove the belt
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
Ok, Alternators are a breeze on these things. There are two bolts that hold it on, and 2 sets of wires. If you haven't taken anything apart yet, and the belt is still on it, here's what to do. You will want one of those rubber or elastic bungee cords, about 2 and a half feet long(this makes it easy). Hook that bungee cord to your hood somewhere, so that it hangs down. Hook the other end on the serpentine belt right next to the alternator pulley. If you need to prop the hood up with a stick or something to keep it up, do so. Pull up on the belt, and watch the pulleys. The one that probably has a plastic pulley on it that moves up and down(this is the tensioner) is the one that you'll put a deep well socket in the middle of with a ratchet, and turn counterclockwise. This will make the belt go loose. Now you can work the belt off the alternator pulley, and once you get it off, the bungee cord will keep it in place, so you don't have to look at the diagram. Otherwise, if it comes off, there is a sticker just under the hood either on the fan shroud or the radiator support that has the belt diagram. Now, you can disconnect the battery, pull the rubber boot down off the nut and post on the back of the alternator, remove the nut and wire, and then unhook the wire from the side of the alternator. Now, you can remove the two bolts that hold the alternator on. You Will need to pry the alternator off at this point, as it fits really tightly in place. A socket extension or a large flat screwdriver works really well for this. Once you get it off, put the new one on exactly as you took the old one off. Note, you will have to release your tension on the tensioner at some point; i just ease it down, or if I can pull it off, wedge it somewhere where it won't loosen very far. Remember, on the tensioner, you're not trying to take the nut off. All you're doing is using it to move the tensioner arm. That's all there is to this job. Sometimes it can be stubborn with the prying part, especially getting it into place. Hope this is what you're after, and if you need more info, leave a comment for me.
Posted on Feb 22, 2010
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My sincere apologies for the delayed response.
I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions.
I do not know if you still need this information, but I am going ahead and answering it anyway. You may want to Print the Diagrams for future use.
I am assuming this "van" is a Chevy Venture?
CLICK on the following LINK. It has the Belt Diagrams you will need.
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Posted on Mar 06, 2010
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