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    Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    OK, sorry for the noob question (I always have them), but how difficult is this? I saw the diagram online that shows the steps involved but telling someone the steps to something and actually doing it can sometimes be a large difference.

    Is this something I should be able to do with little mechanical know how, the diagrams, and my trusty tool box or is this something I should really have done by a professional?
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Takes 5 minutes.

    If I remember correctly, just release the belt tensioner with 15mm socket, take off old belt, release tensioner again and put on new belt. The tensioner swivels and allows the belt to come off.

    If you have to pay a mechanic for this one, trying to fix the rest of your truck will kill your wallet.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    DO NOT turn the wrong way on the tensioner like I did... ruining the mounting bracket.

    It shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    You can DIY, but having a helper the first time may save you some grief and knuckle skin

    It's just so much easier when someone else can hold the tensioner loose while you use BOTH hands to fit the belt

    JMO

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Oh, and remember to make a mental picture in your mind of how the belt goes over/under the various pulleys. Write it down if you have to. Good luck.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    If you don't have the FSM or the sticker showing belt routing, draw a picture BEFORE you start!
    After that, it will take less time than drinking a cup of coffee.

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    As others have already pointed out, this job is very easy-probably easier than an oil change.

    When releasing the tensioner, it's best to have a fairly long extension. I personally go for over a foot to have a really nice leverage. This makes it a piece of cake.

    Dont' forget to get the right belt-length and groove#. When putting it back, putting it back in the right orientation and having all grooves seated is the key.

    First time, maybe 1hr, but from the 2nd time around, probably only takes like 20 min.

    Oh yeah, maybe it's a good time to replace the tensioner and the 2 idler pulleys while you're at it.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Quote Originally Posted by spikemd
    Oh, and remember to make a mental picture in your mind of how the belt goes over/under the various pulleys. Write it down if you have to. Good luck.
    just in case

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Quote Originally Posted by logrover
    Quote Originally Posted by spikemd
    Oh, and remember to make a mental picture in your mind of how the belt goes over/under the various pulleys. Write it down if you have to. Good luck.
    just in case


    The gems engine is different than that. So make sure you have a bosch if you are going to follow that. I have a gems and replacing the belt takes 5 minutes. To release tension put a socket on the tensioner and push in towards the center of the engine to release.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    As mines a 99, it has the Bosch setup. The reason I got nervous is because the instructions I found mentioned taking off the AC belt as well. I wasn't sure how hard it would be and the worst would be to get halfway through, then realize i was stuck... at that point, wouldn't even be able to get the car to a mechanic...

    But if it's that easy, I'm sure i'll finish (will likely take me 30 minutes) and will be like wow that was simple
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2000_328ci
    ... instructions I found mentioned taking off the AC belt as well.
    There's only one belt, it runs everything, including the A/C.

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2000_328ci
    As mines a 99, it has the Bosch setup.
    1999 was the crossover year, so could be either one. Just FYI.

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Serpentine belts are really easy. Here's a fun trick kids! forget all those pesky belt diagrams by replacing with this simple rule! When the pulley has teeth lay the toothed side on the toothed side and if the pulley has a flat side then run the flat edge over it. You'll be surprised if you just go from pulley to pulley like this you could never use a diagram again, I haven't. Good luck.
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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Yup, that's the way... pretty simple when you stare it it long enough. Thanks for dumbing it down for us.

    You won't always have a RAVE manual on hand when stuck in the bush

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    Re: Difficulty of Serpentine Belt Install?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulP38A
    Yup, that's the way... pretty simple when you stare it it long enough. Thanks for dumbing it down for us.

    You won't always have a RAVE manual on hand when stuck in the bush

    Cheers, Paul.
    Sorry for the threadlift, but I liked this thread and would like to share my experience.

    I replaced the pulleys and tensioner which all were worn out, the car made some very annoying sounds, especially on idle. The plastic pulleys where worn down a couple of mm and made loud grinding noises , I thought it was the alternator or maybe AC, but they seemfine and silent now.

    anyway, I decided to do this with the fan on, this was a bad decision, I would have saved prob 1-2 hours on removing the fan. Took me almost 4 hours total now including fishing for tools that ive dropped into the fan shroud. And to get the "clip" back on the coolant hose, when I loosend it i slid it back and it compressed over the hose, making my pliers not being able to reach the tabs, squeesing it at the same time as holding a pair of plyers and trying to get them over the tabs = frustrating.

    Anyway, easy job, anyone can do it, but REMOVE THE FAN!

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