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Old 12-27-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys! Just paid the price for procrastination. The tensioner pulley that I bought a while back was sitting on my workbench instead of on the engine. That'* why the plastic one on the car grenaded tonight on my wife.

Fortunately, she was only about 1/2 mile from home, so she drove it into the driveway, where I have now put on the new pulley and am attempting to put on the new Gatorback belt I bought on my way home.

Here'* the BIG question:

Does anyone have a diagram/sketch/picture of the belt routing for my car? There'* no sticker, the Haynes is worthless, the diagram on the back of the Gatorback belt package is too generic, and I'm sort of at a loss as to the exact routing.

ALSO: It looks like I have to remove the bolt from the engine mount bracket in order to get this belt on and I seem to remember reading that it IS necessary. Is it??

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In case it'* pertinent:

I have A/C.

And for convenience: '97 SE
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I don't know your routing, isn't there a routing diagram on the top of the radiator support? And you do need to unbolt the mount.
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I don't know your routing, isn't there a routing diagram on the top of the radiator support? And you do need to unbolt the mount.
Unfortunately, no. That'* why I'm posting my desperate cry for help here.

The old belt was shredded, so no help there, or I woulda taken a picture (it lasts longer ).

All right! I'm going out there to remove that mounting bolt.

Oh wait!! Do I have to support to the engine before hand?? I assume that I do.

Let me know.

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You'll need a floor jack with some wood between it and the oil pan to distribute weight. I could figure it out for you, if I was there. I'll search for a pic, though.
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I think this should work for you.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...elt+routing+se
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wow ! lot easier on later models.sorry dude
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OK, that link worked, after I went on the link to AutoZone that MOS provided there. It was Fig 11 there. Thanks Jim! And MOS!

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That'* me, Mr Link!!

Glad to be of service!!
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Now I just have to get out there and finish the job. IF I can tear myself away from HERE!
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