Some where near the top is the belt tensioner. Use a breaker bar and a
socket that fits the bolt in the middle of it. The bolt won't loosen or
tighten. Its there to apply pressure to the tensioner spring. When the
belt is loose use one hand on the breaker bar and the other hand to remove
the belt from one of the pulleys that is easy to get to. After the belt is
loose, release the pressure on the breaker bar. Now finish removing the old
belt; then follow the diagram to install the new one. Put the belt around
all the pulleys except the maybe the water pump or the idler pulley. Just
be sure that the belt is on the tensioner. Now, use the breaker bar again
and put pressure on the spring to get slack for the last pulley.
SnoMan has the right answer. If the belt is cracked or frayed it needs
replaced. I'm sorry I referenced a "new" belt in the previous post, but you
asked a simple question and somebody responded with "buy a book." I can't
afford a service manual but I do have a cheapie from haynes. The belt seems
like a high priced item but when you consider how many times that thing
rotates and the speed it rotates at, its worth the price.
I know how you feel. I have a 91 suburban that I just love but has been
giving me a little grief lately. But you have to look at it this way. A
car has less then a thousand parts, eventually you will work your way around
the whole truck and it will be new again... Just get a AAA membership and
keep replacing. The Haynes manual is just fine unless you want to do
something more complex like rebuilding the trans or work on the frame or try
to chase down an electrical short. Otherwise you can get away without a
shop manual. Just keep posting your questions, get a very good tool box and
never throw away the old parts. And I would suggest get extra of the
consumable items. For example you need 2 ft of fuel line so get 3ft of line
then you will have a ft left over. Get 4 clamps nested of 3 with one left
over. You will be amazed how those extra items will come in handy when
something goes evilly wrong on a dark lonely road.
I have a 89 4x4 burb that I bought new and it has been a very relible
vehicle with about 180K miles on it now and it has never left me
stranded or requred repair on more than a dozen cross country trips.
Still pretty cherry as I park it during the winter for a few months
when salt is bad. I have not replaced much on it in its life. It
still has orginal altenator (I replaced a bearing in it at 130K) and
original starter too. I plan to run it at least another 5 or 6 years
until kids are done with college as it is great for hauling their
stuff there and back and it gets surprizing good MPG too on college
trips (18 to 19). I have only owned one vehicle longer than it and I
still have that one too, a old Jeep truck that I plan to restore.
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