I have to change the belt on a 1998 Buick Le Sabre Limited 3800. It appears
that I will have to lift the engine mount to do it. Am I correct? Does
anyone in here know if this is so or am I just seeing things?
I have a 1995 Oldsmobile Regency with the 3.8L and to change the belt I had
to remove a bolt with a spacer to get the belt in the proper place. It has
been a couple of years, but I recall it was a pain. The mount closed just
a small amount when the spacer was removed, and it was difficult to get the
spacer back in place.
You do not have to "lift" the engine mount. You need to loosen
the top two nuts on the engine bracket where it bolts to the engine,
(note: one nut is slightly behind the ps pump pulley, leave it at first, and
see if the mount will move away at the bottom without loosening it)
remove the bottom nut and stud. At this point, the weight of the engine
should force the bottom part of the mount to move slightly away from
the block, which allows you to easily remove the spacer between the
block and the mount. Remove your old belt, thread in the new belt.
Reverse what you've done so far, and that should be it. Oh...most
of this work will be done through the passenger side wheel well. Remove
the right wheel and the splash shield (if there is one). At this point, the
lower part of the mount should be staring you right in the face.
Thanks for the information. Everything went very smoothly and the belt
changing took only about 30 minutes. The only problems I encountered were
in re connecting the splash shield because I broke the fasteners when I
removed it. I made some new ones using drywall mollys and an old metal
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