Question about 2001 Chevrolet Venture
A friend of mine has a 2001 Chevy Venture that had a squeaking timing belt and without knowledge of automotive. So he began to replace the belt with the specified belt from the dealer but the tensioner just will not come loose. Should I use a pry bar and attempt to get leverage and snap it out of its current position or is there some type of tensioner on there that I am unaware of b/c I haven't seen the vehicle yet but I image a timing belt to be fairly simple. Mainly I'm looking for some information on the procedure on this specific vehicle with specs. if possible because I wasn't able to find much here on the Web. Thanx in advance Nephi
This vehicle does not have a timing belt.I assume you mean the drive(serpentine) belt? the tensioner is spring loaded you stick a 3/8 ratchet or breaker bar in it and move it. if it is froze up you will need a new one there is a bolt in the center to remove it
Posted on Aug 28, 2008
Have you loosened the bolt that secures the adjustment? if so spray the whole thing with wd40 and let it set awhile, then GENTLY pry it back and forth to break it loose. Make sure you clean off the wd40 before imstalling the belt.
Posted on Aug 28, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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First pull the timing belt tensioner then slip the belt off the cam gears. You then need to find TDC (Top dead center). 3 ways to find TDC 1) There are marks on the crank pulley align them for TDC. 2) Remove timing cover and use crank gear mark seen in link below 3) Put the dip stick in cylinder 1 and turn engine until dip stick stops going up. After finding TDC align cam gear marks seen in link below. Now make sure both cam and crank stay in position and slip timing belt back on (you can move the cam gear to get the belt on but make sure the marks are aligned after the belt is on). Last tighten the belt tensioner, I usually use my finger or an extension to get some more tension on the belt. You might have to remove engine mount bracket makes life much easier as the front cover section is TIGHT !!!. Turn engine a few times to make sure you have compression and engine turns without getting stuck. See link below good luck.
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