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Old 07-21-2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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When I bought this car a month ago (96 SSEi) I changed the belts. I stared at this thing for about 1/2 hour, before I realized it sure appears that the belt is routed THROUGH the engine mount. I remember dealing with this on my mom'* Buick Riv about 6 years ago. Is there an easy way to get the belt off? I ended up removing the lower most engine mount bolt by the crank sensor, and wiggled the belt out, cursing GM engineers the entire time. Tell me there is a better way...
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Nope, that sounds bout right, from what I hear of the Series II. I'm glad my Series I doesn't require that.
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Yes, there is a spacer on the L36 and L67 near the crank sensor that needs to be removed to R & R the belt... I will be doing that soon...

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LOL! It'* true...that set-up is a PITA...for a flippin' belt change no less. It may be that all the people cursing GM for that design has taken it'* toll...given the current state of GM.
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LOL! It'* true...that set-up is a PITA...for a flippin' belt change no less. It may be that all the people cursing GM for that design has taken it'* toll...given the current state of GM.
And the reason all of my cars get a Gator Back

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It'* not too hard to do, just cumbersome. So, buy a good belt so your change frequency isn't as often. I like Gatorback belts. They seem to last a very long time.
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X3 !

Exactly my reasoning!
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LOL! It'* true...that set-up is a PITA...for a flippin' belt change no less. It may be that all the people cursing GM for that design has taken it'* toll...given the current state of GM.
I couldn't believe it. I was thinking there had to be something I was missing. I had thought of every possible way. I thought about taking the big engine mount bolt out, realizing that still wouldn't do it. I also realized that if you use a thick belt, you won't get it past the engine mount and the idler pulley on the supercharger belt.

I really had to step back, and make sure I wasn't working on a Ford. I didn't think GM was capable of such a stupid design.
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If you want to have a chuckle, read this embarrassing thread from me almost a year ago:

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Wait till you decide to modify, and install Ported Exahust Manifolds and find that screw that attache a heat shield to the oil dip stick tube

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