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I'm not a mechanic, but I have to fix a problem. I lost a belt that runs the alternator and maybe the power steering. What do I need to know? How hard is this to do myself?

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If it's a v-6, then use a 1/2 " breaker bar to make the tensioner pulley move to loosen the belt if it's on there. If it's already off, this is the last pulley that you put the belt on.

Just buy the serpentine belt for the dngine that is in the cutlass supreme at your local parts store.

Then, thread the belt on to the pulleys with the grooved ends towards the grooved side of the belt, and the smooth sides towards the smooth pulleys until the last pulley is the tensioner pulley.

One may want to look at the tensioner and try to see if there is excessive side to side play which would cause the belt to fly off.

Good luck on this repair.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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  • kiphartman Oct 12, 2010

    I am amazed at the prompt reply! I don't have any kind of a manual for this car. How will I recognize the tensioner pulley? With that last bit of information I will get to work and give your instructions a try. I will be happy to come back and give you a rating!

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 12, 2010

    The tensioner pulley will pivot on an axis and have a 1/2" square hole where the 1/2" square breaker bar goes. Use a long breaker bar rather than a small ratchet, as you will need leverage to overcome the spring tension of the tensioner. It will go one way to release tension on the belt once it is installed.

    Good luck.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 12, 2010

    Also, check that each and every pulley spins freely. If one does not spin freely, that could have caused the belt to break. And, until the part is changed that caused the belt to come off, it will cause future belts to break off.

  • kiphartman Oct 12, 2010

    Thanks, Duane. Time for me to get to work!

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Fig. Accessory V-belt routing-Mitsubishi 1.5L, 1.6L, 1.8L, 2.0L and 2.4L engines
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Fig. Loosen the adjuster lock bolt . . .


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