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Old 09-09-2005, 07:10 PM   #1
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I was told that my serpintine belt needed to be replaced so, I got one on the way home from work and figured it would be a quick and easy job but , It looks like I'm going to have to drop the motor mount Is this ture ? is there another way ? Any help short of taking it to Jiffy Lube ?
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To get the belt off you'll have to remove the lower right bolt (if your looking at the motor from the pass. side) of the motor mount. You do not need to use a jack or remove the mount. That bolt goes through the mount and then a sleeve before it hits the block. Once you get the bolt out, you can remove the sleeve and remove the belt.
For putting it back on, I found the easiest way was to put the belt on the water pump pulley last. Make sure the belt is on the harmonic balancer and a/c pulley correctly though. That can be tough to keep in place sometimes.
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Thank you. I saw what your talking about. That smaller bolt on the bottom right side of the mount. On a scale from 1-10 how tough is it doing in the grass in your back yard with a simple socket set and a short fuse?
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Whew, its gonna take your all day to replace it. I just had mine replaced because of something else I got, and it took mechanics about 3 hours and a nice little price to go along with it.
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I've replaced the belts. They are easy if you take your time.

Not sure about the grass though. You need to pull the passenger front tire and remove part of the plasitc shield to gain easy access to the bolt. It'* really not bad. I think it was about an hour. Maybe 2 beer breaks in there as well.
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An assistant to hold the belt on the upper pulleys while you align the bottom ones and put tension on the belt again is a major timesaver.

My sleeve did not go back on easily. I held one end flat against a grindstone, took off a few thou, and then it went back on easily.

About 40 minutes for me the first time. I'd say 20 minutes for the next one.

Also, the diagram for the belt routing is under the hood, and I also had a diagram on the belt sleeve.

By the way, the bolt on the tensioner is 15mm, and it'* left-hand thread, so just put an open-end on the tensioner and push it towards the firewall.
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I just completed belt change. My first time took me about an hour and 2 beers if you don't count the trip to autozone to get external torx socket to remove the motor mount stud. It is an "E10" and came in a 4 socket set for $10. Don't mess up the stud by using the wrong tool. I also ground down the corner edge of the spacer a little to get in in easier.
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[quote="95naSTA"]To get the belt off you'll have to remove the lower right bolt (if your looking at the motor from the pass. side) of the motor mount. You do not need to use a jack or remove the mount. That bolt goes through the mount and then a sleeve before it hits the block. quote]

Are you saying that nothing needs to be supported by a jack to help get the sleeve and bolt out and back in?
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you can also use a 5.5mm (1/4") socket I believe. (not sure if that is the correct size but it works) most of the little sockets are higher points than the standard 6. don't have one in front of me to count.
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To get the belt off you'll have to remove the lower right bolt (if your looking at the motor from the pass. side) of the motor mount. You do not need to use a jack or remove the mount. That bolt goes through the mount and then a sleeve before it hits the block. quote]

Are you saying that nothing needs to be supported by a jack to help get the sleeve and bolt out and back in?
no, the motor mount mounts on the block on three legs, removing one doesn't matter.
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