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How do I install the air conditioner / power steering belt

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  • Bruce Hathcock Jul 03, 2010

    Unless you have the special tools I recommend you have it replaced by a shop, this is not a easy job for a beginner or someone that does not have the righ tools to do it with. The cost of the tools alone is more expensive than having it done.



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how do I install the air conditioner / power - prev.gif next.gif Drive Belt Removal & Installation To Remove:

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Remove the drive belt shield at the right wheel well.
  4. Place a wrench on the tensioner and rotate the tensioner clockwise.
  5. Remove the belt from the power steering pulley.
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To Install:
  1. Route the belt on all pulleys except the power steering pulley.
  2. Rotate the tensioner clockwise until the belt can be installed on the power steering pulley.
  3. Release the tensioner.
  4. Confirm that the belt is routed correctly on all pulleys.
  5. Install the drive belt shield.
  6. Lower the vehicle.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.

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