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With the belt tensioner. place a wrench on the tensioner pulley bolt and rotate body until tension on the belt is relieved

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How do i replace fanbelt

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  • The belt is held tightly in place by a number of pulleys. If you loosen just one, it will come off easily. (there are other variations with spring loaded tensioners but this advice concentrates on the basic system).
  • The alternator is usually rigged up so it can be swung sideways to loosen the belt.
  • All you have to do is find the right size spanner or socket wrench, loosen the mounting bolts on alternator then back off the single top bolt just enough to let the alternator move around.
  • Now you can slip the old belt off, check it for size against the new one and slip the new one on.
  • The new belt has to be reasonably tight. Not so tight that it will snap, of course, but tight enough to drive the alternator and water pump. You can just heave on the alternator but you'd probably have trouble holding it tight. Instead, slide a hammer handle or similar lever between the alternator and the mounting, taking care not to damage the alternator housing. Now all you need is a very light pressure to hold it tight while you do up the bolts. When the adjustment is complete, there should be approximately 10 mm to 13 mm of play in the belt, any more and the belt needs tightening.
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Alternator belt diagram for isuzu bighorn

All above is Bull Sxxxt. Isuzu bighorn Alternator belt only drives water pump (fan) and alternator. Size of belt is 17x1000 and its a tight fit onto pulleys so it makes you think its wrong belt, but trust me its not. As if you get 17x1025 or 17x1050 belt you wont get it tight correctly due to not enough adustment on alternator. To change/adjust the belt very simple. Loosen 3 bolts (14mm socket) on power steering pump (its 2 belts that diving power steering and air con), loosen tensioner on p/s pump. Remove those 2 belt - to get access to alternator belt adjustment bolts. There are 2 bolts you will need to loosen One at the bottom of alternator (14mm socket and 25mm extension bar to get it easier) another one is 12mm on tensioner rail. Than adjust tension by screwing 12mm long bolt that mounted across the tensioner rail until you get tension correct. Correct tension is about 68kg. But i do it just to get it nicely tight without too much of sag. REMEMBER DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the belt as you will crush berings on water pump or alternator.

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I want to change two belts (A/C and Alternator) on my 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5 car. What steps I am suppose to do.

First, feel the tightness of your belts. You will have to tighten the new belts to the proper tightness. If they are too tight, they will wear the bearings prematurely. If they are too loose, they will slip.

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  1. Loosen the alternator lock nut.
  2. Loosen the adjuster bolt.
  3. Rotate the adjuster bolt counter clockwise to release the tension on the belt.
  4. Remove the belt.
Similarly for the compressor belt

  1. Loosen the lock nut.
  2. Loosen the adjuster bolt.
  3. Rotate the adjuster bolt counter clockwise to release the tension on the belt.
  4. Remove the belt.
5. Install the new compressor belt

6. Rotate the adjuster bolt clockwise until the belt is tight like it was before you removed it.

7. Tighten the lock bolt.

8. Install the new alternator belt

9. Rotate the adjuster bolt clockwise until the belt is tight like it was before you removed it.

10. Tighten the lock bolt.

11. enjoy life

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You need to loosen the alternator or power steering pump. Which ever is the case on your car. Once you loosen the bolts the unit will then move and loosen the belt. Pull the belt off and around the fan belt. reverse the process when you replace the belt being sure to get the alternator and belt nice and tight. You can use a tire iron to pull the unit tight while snugging down he bolts. Let me know if this helped. Raz

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10mm Socket
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