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1997 Olds Cutlass Belt

I saw the routing diagram but can't figure out where to start the belt cuz the motor mount is in the middle - right in the way. It's really got me puzzled.

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The belt usually starts from the bottom pulley , follow the diagram and after the belt is around all the pulleys, the tensioner must be released to put the belt on, your best option is to get the repair manual

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I am changing the serpentine belt on my 1998 olds cutlass and i am looking at a motor mount that looks like it is in the way is it and do i have a major job on my hands and lastly if it is in my way will...

  • Hi, I can help.

  • Fits stick a brick behind each rear wheel and put on the parking break.

  • It's not a big job but you will need to support the engine. Just take a nice piece of wood and gently ease up a floor jack with the wood on it under the oil pan. Just until it touches the oil pan and is nicely secure. Your not gonna attempt to jack up the car just add a little needed support. Make sure the wood expands out each side of the oil pan to avoid any dents on the oil pan.

  • Now take and remove the two mount bolts on that mount right by the serpentine mount (top side of engine). You can remove all four if this makes the job easier for you but you only need to provide enough space for that belt to slide through.

  • The diagram below should be your route for install.


  • if you have any comments please feel free to leave them here.
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Sep 22, 2011 | 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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The timing belt just came off of my car last night on my 1994 oldsmobile 88 and i cant figure out how to put it back on need some help maybe send a diagram step by step would help

The 1994 Oldsmobile 88 does not have a cam/timing belt. It uses a chain so I am assuming you are talking about the serpentine belt. There should be a routing diagram of the serpentine belt under the hood somewhere. May be on the underside of the hood or on the radiator mount. Also can be found in your owner's manual. If the belt came of you need to find out why. Either the belt is worn out or the tensioner is defective or both. I would suggest you replace the belt for sure. Here is a diagram of the routing of the belt on your 1994 Olds 88 with 3.8 V6. clay58_18.png

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Which motor mount bolts do I need to remove to threat the serpentine belt on a 99 Cutlass 3.1 liter, or do I need to remove any? Thanks a lot.

my manual indicates this is only required on 97-98 models. you should not have to remove any motor mounts. Here is the procedure from

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If necessary on the 1999-00 3.1L engine, remove the coolant recovery reservoir.
  3. Remove the belt guard located on top of the belt, between the water pump and the power steering pump, if necessary on the 3.1L engine.
NOTE: For the 3.1L engine use a long 3 / 8 inch drive ratchet or breaker bar.
  1. For the 2.4L engine and 1999-00 3.1L engine, remove the drive belt from the vehicle.
  1. Rotate the belt tensioner.
  2. Place the drive belt around the pulleys according to the belt routing diagram.
  1. Slowly release the belt tensioner.
  2. Check belt for proper routing. Also, make sure belt is not twisted.
  3. If removed, install the belt guard and/or coolant recovery reservoir, as applicable.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.
WARNING Before starting engine, make sure the belt is not incorrectly routed or twisted. Check to make sure no stray tools are in engine compartment. Starting the engine with an improperly installed belt may damage belt, engine, or accessories.

CAUTION Incorrectly installed belts and stray tools may cause flying debris. Clear area before starting engine.

  1. Start the engine and check for any belt noises such as whine, rumbling, or squeal.

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Belt routing on my Olds 98 LSS. It looks like I

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Replace serpentine belt 1998 olds cutlass

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Have you checked under the hood, should be a belt diagram some were around the fan shroud .

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How do I install a serpentine belt on a 1995 olds royale 3.8 . My friend said that the engine mount needs to be removed in the process.I never heard of this b 4. Is this true?

yes on some gms the motor mount has to be removed. crazy design. first make sure you have belt diagram then put jack under motor with a block of wood to not damage anything. raise jack till its touches the oil pan . disconnect neg batt then remove mount then belt then reinstall same way.

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