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I need to replace a fan belt on a 1965 corvair, how do i it?

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If I read the question correctly the man has a Corvair, and yes that has a fan belt. Air coolled rear engine chevrolet. There is an adjustable idler opposite alternator side that needs loosened (9/16 socket ir wrench) and moved toward the block, then new belt installed around all pullys (4) top fan, lower crank pully, alt, and idler. Then readjust idler until correct tension. Caution use only the best of best belts. Corvairs are funny and will throw, twist, or chew up cheap belts. Happy motoring!

Posted on Dec 20, 2009

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There is no fan belt. Cavaliers, sunbirds, and sunfires use electric fans. But there is a serpentine belt...just go to your mechanic and they can put a new one on!
Seriously, changing the serpentine belt is a messy annoying chore but easily accomplished.
The belt is held in place by a few of the pulleys and the tensioner. Before removing the belt, check to see that the tensioner pulley (kinda in the middle on top... smooth and likely shiny) is running straight and the belt has not been rubbing against the timing cover. If the tensioner isn't straight (in-line with the belt and the rest fo the pulleys) or there are rub marks on the timing cover from the belt, you will need to replace the tensioner assembly too. Time to decide if the mechanic is a better idea or not!
The tensioner is 50 to 90 bucks depending on the source and your haste. The job should take an hour to an hour and a half for a decent shop (figure another 100 to 200 bucks) plus a new belt... So the job should run betweeen 300 and 400 dollars U.S.
On the other hand, pretty much all the accessories have to be removed or loosened to remove the tensioner assembly (not repairable) and replace it. Plus, for an added bonus, it's kinda tight against the right fender. Messy by any standard.
If your tensioner is OK or at least "reasonable," you just take tension off the belt with a suitable wrench or socket handle, slip the belt off the tensioner and slooowly release the tensioner. Check for a belt route diagram on a sticker on the radiator support (or under the hood). If yours is missing or undecipherable, make some notes or take pictures of the belt routing! Then the belt can be manuvered off and a replacement put on "reassembly being the reverse of disassembly."

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Hello rbm4448: My name is Roger and I will help you. The starter is accessed from under the car. It is located on the driver side of the engine at the area of transmission to block match up. How ever it may be on the right side of the engine. Has been quit a few years since the corvairs were popular. I have an old Motor manual that covers 1964 thru 1969 models. However there are no pictures of the starter or its location. If my memory serves me correct it is a challenge to remove. My parents had two of the. A monza and a spider both were tricks to work on. If I can be of any further help please just ask? Please rate the answer. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

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