My 98 corolla's center rear belt will not retract-it has seen very little use. How does one remove the assembly from the rear deck? I do not want to rip and tear at it and have to buy new unless reqiured.
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pop the rear deck lid and remove the right rear plastic trunk cover. To do this you will remove the small plastic piece that is directly in front of the right rear tail light. Then remove the big plastic screw that retains the center plastic deck lid cover. Now remove the three 10mm nuts that keep the right rear plastic cover secured. Remove the right rear plastic cover. Be careful as it can crack if you put too much pressure on it. Look inside and to the right rear where the antenna mast comes up. You will see a small 10mm nut that holds the antenna mast to the body. Take that nut off. This will release the outer body cover from the inner cover. Remove the outer body cover and then remove the two screws from the OUTSIDE of the body cover. Now follow the antenna body down and you will see two or three additional small nuts that hold the antenna assembly metal bracket in place. Remove these. Unplug the antenna co-ax cable from the input. It just slides out. Unplug the antenna connection as well. This is the jack that has the power wires. You will also need to unscrew the ground wire from the inner body frame. There might be a nut on top of the actual antenna mast. If so, just unscrew it. The entire antenna assembly will now lift out. It's a mildly tight fit but you don't need to be too gentle in this step. Normally the problem is the antenna belt has broken inside the antenna assembly and there is no hope of replacing that belt. You have to replace the entire assembly. I found mine on Craigslist from a guy parting his totaled Z. May it rest in peace. His loss - my gain! Typical price is $65, maybe you can talk him down to $50. Installation is the above process in reverse.
From what i know you need a special tool for the tension arm but. 1. already done by the kitten (verify the belt needs replacement) 2. Inspect the accessory drive belt and belt tensioner assembly. If there is any roughness to either of the belt tensioner assembly bearings or any sign of damage, scoring, or glazing on the accessory drive belt, replace BOTH the belt tensioner assembly and the accessory drive belt. 3. Remove the drive belt. 1ZZ–FE: A. Remove the engine under cover RH. B. Remove the drive belt. a. Turn the drive belt tensioner clockwise to relieve tension on the belt, and then remove the belt. b. Carefully return the tensioner to the unloaded position. NOTE: When retracting the tensioner, turn it clockwise SLOWLY in 3 seconds or more. Do NOT apply force rapidly. After the tensioner is retracted all the way, do NOT apply more force than is necessary. 2ZZ–GE: A. Remove the engine under cover RH. B. Remove the wire harness protector. a. Unfasten the 3 clips, then remove the wire harness protector. b. Disconnect the pressure sensor connector. Repair Procedurecontinued below
the serpentine belt of the 98 corolla is difficult to get to cause theres so little room between the engine and the fender wall, but at the top of the engine on the passenger side, theres a small, black and silver compression spring, two bolts through it follow it down to the tensioner pulley, my bolt on the tensioner pully was stripped so i removed the compression spring assembly completely, yeah its tuff, but possible, if you can avoid it, then avoid it, but thats the key to getting that belt off or on. hope this helps good luck
you have to remove the screws (or bolts) inside the center console compartment. pry up the little ring around the shifter. pull up the e-brake and pull that whole assembly up. once removed there is a small 194 bulb located on the drivers side on the bottom. you should see the little black base. twist counterclockwise to remove. replace bulb and reinstall
1)move the plastic cover over the seat belt out of the way to gain access to the two mounting bolts for the seat belt mechanism. Use a 10mm wrench and a 14mm wrench and remove the two bolts holding the seat belt mechanism to the body. Use a small drill bit or small screwdriver and make one hole in the plastic cover on each side of the seat belt mechanism (the covers say "do not remove plastic cover". Spray lots of wd40 in each hole. Then exercise the seat belt. When the mechanism allows the belt to be retracted, retract the belt all the way out and exercise the seat belt. Reinstall mechanism with both mounting screws in original position and put plastic cover back in place. Good luck. New seat belt costs $100.00 from dealer and are hard to find working in junk yards. I have fixed several of them this way.
I can get you a diagram on monday but it goes from the alternator to the power steering pump then around the tensioner pulley then around the crank pulley then to the a/c compressor then pull on the tensioner to give you some slack and slip it on the waterpump.I hope that helps.Let me know if you still need the diagram
When you replaced the belt did you make sure that the position of the belt assembly was the same. A slight misaliengment can affect the return mechanism. Pull the full length of the belt from belt coil Slacken the securing bolt moving the assembly will most likely allow the return of the belt.
If it was an old unit perhaps a drop of WD40 will release the mechanism.
Hope this helps