How to install multi rib belt for 2004 toyota camry
I don't know specific cars. But usually there is an adjustable pulley. You loosen the nut in the center of the pulley wheel and then there is usually a bolt you tighten to pull the pulley wheel down to tighten the belt. Then you tighten the nut in the center of the pulley. I check the belt tension by pulling or pushing the belt down on the backside non ribbed side almost as hard as I can (with only index finger) and see if belt moves about 1/3 inch for belts freespan between round pulleys, or alternator, or whatever less than 12 inches. If the belt freespan between pulleys is more than 12 inches I look for the belt to move about 1/2 inch. Also thin belts I allow more deflection. Also push or pull on belt in middle between round things it goes around, with finger.
If there is no adjustable bolt to move pulley then there is usually a lock bolt and an adjustable bolt. The lock bolt sits in a crescent shaped slot. You loosen the bolt and usually pry the alternator or whatever with a big screwdriver or pry bar. You must usually pry against the engine against the alternator but not on something easily broken or bent, like an oil pan. You want to pry against solid metal. If it doesn't seem to move you might have to loosen the pivot bolt. It will usually be at the center of the slot visuallized as part of a circle. Look for the center of the circle and loosen the bolt or bolt and nut. And don't forget to retighten it.
The third kind of belt it could be is the serpentine belt. Usually a long belt, usually only one which drives everything like power steering, alternator, water pump, AC compressor, etc. There is usually a wheeled tensioner you have to loosen with a 3/8 or 1/2 breaker bar or ratchet, or sometimes a wrench. Usually there is a square hole to fit the ratchet that you try to rotate in one direction to remove tension on the belt. I try to put moderate pressure in both directions, clockwise and counter clockwise. It should move and increase in the force you have to apply in one direction and feel like it is hitting a stop in the other direction. Turn it into the part that feels like you are pushing against a spring, which you are,
then rotate as far as possible that way. Then while holding ratchet have someone remove belt and put on new one, then slowly remove pressure from ratchet and tensioner should put pressure back on belt.
Apr 07, 2009 |
2004 Toyota Camry