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Re: 2001 SATURN SL1 BELT
You'll need a 14mm socket wrench.
Locate the belt tensioner pulley. It's the one closest to the alternator and the only one that comes in contact with the back surface of the belt.
Fit the socket on to the bolt on the pulley. Try to turn it clockwise. This should swing the pulley down and loosen the belt, Slide the belt off one of the other pulleys. When it's clear, release the tensioner, remove the belt.
Thats not the correct routing on the 01. The belt diagram is under the hood, you need a 14mm wrench you will not be able to get a socket in there as its to tight. I used a 14mm wrench and put a 13mm wrench on it to make it longer and its easier to hold.
I had to do this with mine a while back. Don't remember the exact steps, my Dad pretty much did everything, but I would try to get ahold of a Saturn book that shows diagrams like the one posted. It was kind of a pain to put on, def a 2 person job so you can get it pulled around everything.
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do a search on youtube, there are many videos there. basically you are going to have to release tension, open the service door behind the right front tire and remove two bolts and replace in reverse manner. again there are lots of videos of this on youtube. while you are doing it put in a new belt. the right side dogbone engine mount will be in front of you, replace that while you are at it unless you have already changed it.
In order to replace the seal your will have to remove the serpentine belt,the water pump pulley, the plastic timing belt cover, the crankshaft pulley and etc. You should get a book(from oriellys or Auto Zone) that will give you the exact process since it is hard to give step by step procedure without diagrams etc. They are good books.
the average man can not pull the tensioner back by hand for the tension is so great. If your belt does not stay taught while the engine is running replace the tensioner & the belt too. Referring to the word TAUGHT is not bobbing up & down while idling
1)Remove serpentine belt from above with 14 mm wrench on spring
loaded idler pulley.
3)jack up car and remove passenger front wheel
4)it helps to also remove the wheel well splash panel also for better
5)crawl under car and remove battery and other connectors from the
alternator. then remove lower attachment bolts (I think there are 2
below to deal with-one is for a support bar, and one is an alternator
6)go back up to top of car and remove upper attachment bolt (this one
is a little hard to get to)
7)pull alternator out and have a alternator shop repair bad rectifier
board and any other items that need attention.
8)reinstall repaired alternator
9)leave splash cover off to provide additional cooling to the
alternator area. put wheel back on and lower car.
10) install new serpentine belt from above and reconnect battery.
If you have the time you could get the newer improved alternator from
6th planet. It has shields to improve the heat disipation.
for the most part there is a diagram under the hood unless the label has peel off in a case like that you can ask for a diagram were you are getting the new belt what i do is draw me a diagram before i take the old one off and i have also went to the libaray and there you can get print outs and diagrams of your car.