Could you add more detail? Are you referring to the "mount to frame"
connection or the "mount to engine 3 bolt" connections? Also the belt
appears trapped within the 3-pronged engine mount bracket. I know the
lower bolt has a removable spacer for access, but the upper connection
is a stud---if this were a bolt and by removing it the bracket would
be free to pull away from engine slightly to slip belt thru....??..Bob
The lower bolt (really a stud with a nut on it) and spacer is where
you want to remove the belt. This is actually fairly simple. You can
loosen the upper nut, don't bother with the one that is behind the
ps pulley unless absolutely necessary. Now go down to the lower
bolt/stud (pulling the right wheel and splash shield give you much
better access), remove the nut, remove the stud (the end of the
stud is an inverted torx), and remove the spacer. You will notice
that the weight of the engine will bow the lower part of the mount
out slightly when you remove the nut. This makes it easy to remove
and re-install the spacer. Once the spacer is out, belt comes out
Thanks for such a detailed instruction. Thought I'd let you know a
problem we encountered removing the stud. It measured 5 and 1/2
inches long and the sleeve was 3 1/2. Had to drill a hole in the
metal behind to turn the stud all the way out. Again, many Thank's
Yikes, that is nuts. Yesterday I helped my friend replace the
serpentine belt, belt tensioner and idler wheel on his the Grand
Marquis. It took more time to go to the auto parts store to buy the
parts than it did to do the job. Belt changeover is a less than five
minute job, and should be.
GM has engineered difficult maintenance into many of their modern
vehicles. Our 2002 Olds minivan required removing the upper engine
mounts and rotating the engine forward just to get at the rear spark
plugs. Don't they have any maintainability engineers looking after the
details???? They seem to have the idea that "oh well, belts and spark
plugs last a long time these days, so no reason to make the job
Nope, the belt installation CAN be that difficult. You have to loosen the
motor mount, jack
up the engine,and replace the belt ON SOME MODELS.
Hells Holiday Inn is booked up for a select bunch of GMengineers. Dont
bother to request
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