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#1 Old 01-21-2009, 01:40 PM
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Serpentine Belt Removal/Replacement

I was just wondering how hard it is to change out the serpentine belt on the mada. I know you have to take off the fan and there is only four bolts. What about the auto tensioner how do you loosen it? Any help is appreciated.


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I would think you should be able to slip it around the fan without removing the fan. You might need to remove the Air Inake Tube out of your way but that should be about it I think. For the Auto Tensioner Idler Pulley, I think if you turn the bolt counterclockwise, it should relax the belt enough to get it off. I've usually just used a socket wrench to move that pulley on my other vehicles.

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you dont need to remove anything to get the belt off

well other than the airtube to give you some room to see

its tough though there is a special tool that is used to take pressure off the tensioner, then there is a hole that you need to put a pin into to hold the tensioner

i just pulled up real hard on the belt until the holes lined up

then stuck a small allen head wrench in the lines up holes to hold the tensioner so i could remove/install the belt

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No need to remove anything. The belt goes behind the fan but not over it. Use a 1/2" drive ratchet with a 14mm socket for the belt tensioner. Push to your left (passenger side) to release the tension, and insert a 1/16" allen wrench into the hole on the tensioner and its backplate. That will keep the tensioner in a released position. Look at the tensioner closely, and you'll see the two holes. Draw a diagram of the belt routing before you remove the old belt. Make sure the new belt is seated in each pulley correctly. Installing the new belt should take about 30 minutes if you never did one before. I'm running with a Goodyear Gatorback belt #4070975, a much better belt than the $12 OEM.

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Thank you so much guys! So what bolt do I need to remove? Bolt b on the blow up pic on the side?

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$12 OEM.

hahaha

the dealer here wanted $147 for the belt not including labor when i was in for an oil change

went to napa and it was like $50 or so

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Thank you so much guys! So what bolt do I need to remove? Bolt b on the blow up pic on the side?

dont take out any bolts

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Rumple, the belt tensioner bolt does not get removed. Turn it counter clockwise, and that moves the tensioner arm and relieves the tension on the belt.

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Well I got the Goodyear Gatorback belt #4070975 and put it on in about 15min. It was a piece of cake saved me about $120. I got the belt for $31 at Auto Zone. I really recommend this belt because is a lot quieter than the OEM belt.


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when is a good time to replace this belt? i know it probably varies and by eyeballin..but whats a rough estimate?
rump, did yours have signs of stress/damage? or did you replace due to age?

apologies for stupid question...
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