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How to replace drive belt on a 3.8 buick engine

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  • Roger Foster May 26, 2011

    Hello hmickley: My name is Roger and I will be glad to help you. Before I can I need to know the year,model of your Buick. It will make a difference in the belt configuration. Also need to know if it is a super charged engine. Thank Yoy for using Fix Ya. Roger

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